It’s one of the most difficult, stressful jobs in the country.
Having to study, prepare, and deliver Biblical lessons and sermons week in and week out – working hard to keep them fresh, relevant, and interesting for an audience that has an ever shortening attention span in the entertainment driven society that we live in.
Constantly juggling the demands of ministry with the responsiblity of taking care of their own family.
Living in a fishbowl where their family, finances, and every other aspect of their life is open for public inspection.
Trying to stay positive, friendly, and upbeat while dealing with people on a daily basis who can at times be disagreeable, mean-spirited, and critical.
Enduring the every day ups and downs, joys and sorrows, hills and valleys, victories and defeats that come with ministry, all the while trying to stay on an “even keel” through it all.
Trying really hard to smile while listening to the 100th person deliver the “it must be nice to only work one day a week” joke.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
You may think you know, you may think you understand – but if you have never done it, you don’t.
If you have a good one, don’t take them for granted – let them AND THEIR FAMILY know in some tangible way how much you thank God for their ministry.
Let me personally take this time to salute the unsung heroes, the first line of defense, and the hope of our country – Pastor, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!