Dear Pastor, I pray this letter finds you well. If you’re like most, I know you stay very busy these days. Since pastors don’t usually have pastors I thought I would share some words we all need to be reminded. Things we must remember in order to stay healthy and effective as ministers. Here are five things you should keep on your refrigerator.
#1: YOU AREN’T GOD. Most liberating words I ever heard were from a man sitting in my office. He said, “Pastor, There is a God and you aren’t Him.” I’ve repeated this with a smile on more than a few occasions. You see, no matter how hard we try there is only one Savior, one Healer, and one Miracle Maker. Our job is to love people, lift Jesus, and lead them to the truth. The rest is in God’s hands.
#2: YOUR FAMILY MATTERS. Your family is not just a support for ministry they are your primary ministry. Scripture is clear that if a man cannot manage his own household he has no business managing the household of God. My wife understands there is not even a tight race between her and the church. If I had to choose between being a pastor and taking care of my family, I’m gone. Listen pastor love your wife not the church secretary. Spend more time with your kids than trying to be there for others while your family is falling apart. I pray my kids never say, “He was a great pastor, but a terrible dad and husband.”
#3: YOUR WALK IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR TALK. One of the biggest things we lack in Christianity today is believability. Lack of integrity reveals itself in so many ways. Make sure pastor that you are spending time with God so that what you do comes from the overflow of what God is doing in your life. Jesus said, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
#4: TIMES HAVE CHANGED, PEOPLE HAVEN’T. I know we live in a day and age where everyone feels the need to be cute and creative. But, the greatest needs people still have today is unconditional love and truth. Visiting someone in their time of need is still touching. Going the extra mile to show someone you care is still priceless. People today just like those yesterday need to be met where they are, loved despite of it, and led to the truth found in God’s word. This combo of these things will always have great impact on people’s lives.
#5: YOUR BEST IS ENOUGH. In a world full of many needs its really easy to feel overwhelmed. Of course, God has called us to do all we can, while we can, to be Jesus to ask many people possible. But, at the end of the day you have to be able to rest. You can rest in knowing you’ve given all you’ve got to be faithful to God’s call. Regardless of how much you do or don’t do, God still loves you the same. You’re not loved based on your performance. Know that all God asks of you is your best, then to trust Him with the rest.
Well, I shared these words with you after I shared these words with myself. We all need help to keep the main things the main thing. Because I know it’s our goal that at the end of this life we are able to hear those words “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” I pray this encourages you in some way.