Help Wanted: Must be willing to work 24/7; must have Master's Degrees in Counseling, Business, Education, Sociology, Public Affairs, and Social Work; must always be encouraging and upbeat; must be a self-starter and able to motivate others; must be able to solve everyone’s problems; must be the perfect spouse and parent; must be willing to be everyone’s best friend. A valid driver’s license is required.
So, who’s ready to apply? No one? These are some pretty particular demands. But aren't they what we often, and maybe without intention, expect of our pastors? Have you ever considered what it might be like to be a pastor? Even for a week? I believe that we do not truly appreciate something until we can truly understand its value. This holds true with our pastor. The poet Judy Crowe writes,
Have you ever walked in our Pastor's shoes,
And gone where his feet have trod?
Have you ever thought of what he means to us,
And on your knees, given thanks to God?
Have you ever told him thank you,
For being there, when times are tough,
For comforting words and fervent prayers
When trials come and the storms of life are rough?
He answers our calls in the middle of the night
And tells us not to worry, for he will be there.
He gives up his comfort of quiet rest
And comes with prayers of comfort to share.
(From “Our Pastor”)
So this Pastor Appreciation Month, don’t only thank Pastor David and his family for answering our “Help Wanted” ad, but take a moment to think about the requirements of this position. Let’s make it our responsibility to pray for them, care for them, encourage them, love them, and appreciate them.
Yours In Christ,
Chuck and Julie Pickering