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    A Heavy Weight

    A Heavy Weight

    (Not Heavyweight)

    Have you ever wondered what a pastor does all week? Well you’re in luck. Since October is Pastor Appreciation Month, I thought I’d take you on a tour of my weekly schedule…

    SUNDAY: Church day!

    Stroll into church when I want, talk a few times in front of an adoring crowd, then leave when I’m done.

    MONDAY: Day off!

    Sleep in, pray, read the Bible for hours, and have a relaxing, restful day off.

    TUESDAY: Office day.

    Head into the office, shake some hands, hold some babies, cancel some meetings, then head home to a freshly cooked meal from my adoring wife.

    WEDNESDAY: Study day!

    Grab a cup of coffee, and open the Bible as the angels sing and words for Sunday’s sermon fall down from heaven like manna in the wilderness.

    THURSDAY: Office day.

    Have a few meetings, ignore a few phone calls and meetings, then head home to enjoy time with my perfect angel children as we study and memorize God’s Word together.

    FRIDAY: Study day!

    30-45 minutes of final prep work, then sit with my legs propped up reading the Bible for hours, sipping on more coffee.

    SATURDAY: Day off!

    Hit the river, go kayaking, read books in the hammock, have uninterrupted, beautiful family time, and go to bed early, already feeling rested before my head hits the pillow.

    REPEAT!

    I’m not going to spend time bemoaning the role of a pastor, but I’m obviously exaggerating the ease of my week. After all, I work for at least 1 hour on Fridays, not just 30 minutes. 😉

    Paul, the author of almost half of the New Testament was a pastor of pastors. He understood the weight of the role of pastor, and often asked for prayer, encouraged Christians to honor their spiritual leaders, and spoke to the importance of the role of a pastor. Pastors are placed within the church to provide leadership, oversight, teaching, and training for ministry. Like your role within the church, the role of a pastor has plenty of challenges. And yet, as with any calling comes a sense of honor.

    I know many people from around the country read these emails and blogs, so I want to encourage you to pray for and honor your pastor wherever you are and whichever church you attend. It’s a high calling that comes with a heavy weight. And if I’m your pastor, please pray for me as I come to mind. The most powerful way we partner together in ministry is through prayer.

    And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love! Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part.

    1 Thessalonians 5:12–13 (The Message)

    To all the pastors out there: keep going strong, knowing that our work is not in vain in the Lord!

    K E V I N • M I L L E R


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