#2156 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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1 Timothy3 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
Today is the first day of “Pastor Appreciation Month” in many churches. These words from Paul’s letter to Timothy, then a younger man charged with pastoral responsibilities have been used sometimes wisely and sometimes cruelly as a controlling tool for church boards and lay leaders. The difficulties in a pastor’s life are frequently hidden behind a curtain of shame and fear as he or she strive to live up to the high standards enumerated by the apostle. Anyone who has ever attempted parenting in these days should understand the “glass house” nature of the parsonage.
This month I hope congregations would find in their hearts not just gifts and trinkets for their pastors and their families, but that they would find the strength and love within themselves to truly pray and not take for granted the pastors who serve them faithfully
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