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Oct
27

Friendship Hunger

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Twenty-nine years of pastoral ministry has robbed me of a lot. Sometimes when I look at “normal” Christians, aka those who are not in ministry, I envy them. My family has moved nine times in relation to ministry and/or ministry training/education. We’ve been a part of seven churches during these years. And while the normal Christianese clichés are true to an extent, like “All my moves have been moves up,” what’s also true is that that much mobility carries inherent costs. And trust me, this is not a “whoa is me” sermon. Ministry has also been the vehicle of some of the most incredible blessings of my life. I am simply reflecting today on one of the challenges inherent in the lives of those in ministry, the challenge of deeply rooted friendships.

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Jul
30

The Starting Point

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wounded healerSometimes the processes of our lives could be best represented by a circle. We start at a certain point, sure that we have all the answers, cocky, self-assured, ready to conquer the world and move aside all the poor fools who have so much less understanding than we do. However, life with its hard knocks and deep valleys, has a way of enlightening us and leveling the ground of our self-importance. We often find that we weren’t quite as “right” as we first thought. We come full circle and learn to see the wisdom in some of the ones who have gone before us in this journey called life. We experience hurt and pain. We are wounded.

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sucked underMy husband and I have been in ministry for 27 years now. We have lived through great mountain top highs and successful seasons, and we have lived through some low valleys and seasons of failure. There have been moments when we both have had to ask ourselves if we would choose the path of ministry again if we had it all to do over. My heart always finds the answer to that question is yes, although I humbly acknowledge that I don’t always feel that way. There are days and weeks and months when living in the ministry fishbowl and living a life dedicated to the service of others costs more than I wish to pay. But yet, deep from my innermost being the call of God still speaks and I know there is no other path that I would choose.

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