A New Found Respect for My Pastor

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After this last week I have a new found respect for all the good pastors out there. I have had so much work to get done this week I have had to choose what gets done and what doesn’t. There has been a rather difficult sermon text I’ve been dealing with since Sunday.

The reason I have a new found respect for good pastors is it’s not easy trying to deal with life and write a good sermon. I was able to do it last semester because it was mostly all I had going on. Not so this semester, there is an abundance of irons in the fire. And I’m trying to keep them turning in time. Without falling behind. I thought doing this job would be much easier than it really is.

Are you looking at someone doing a job you wish you had and thinking it’s easy? Chances are they make it look easier than it is. I have several friends who are pastors and most of them make sermon prep sound much easier than it really is. This new revelation has not made me want to do the job any less, it has shown me how much more dependent on the Holy Spirit I need to be.

There doesn’t seem to be enough coffee in the world to help me focus on the challenges that lay ahead of me. I don’t know about you but this kind of wake up call is good to have before you are in the “Big Leagues.” I would hate to be in full-time paid ministry learning how difficult the day in and day out is.

Question: Who do you need to get a new found respect for in your life?

4 Comments

  1. Randall Hartman

    Hi Paul. I have a been a full time minister for 30 years. The first 6-8 years I had to do the following new preps each week: Wednesday night Bible study, Sunday School lesson, Sunday morning sermon, and the Sunday night sermon. Every week. For years. Wow. How did I do it when you figure in all the other pastoral commitments?
    Thanks for your work. Keep on blogging.

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    1. pmhorne

      Thanks for commenting Randy. I know that the only way to make it through with all of these commitments is by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your service to the body of Christ. God Bless,

      Paul

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  2. ~Michelle Cook

    This is so true! I have a new found respect for pastors too, after trying for the first time to study the Bible on my own. It takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to study and write about the stories in the Bible; which is what I do on my blog. So I can only imagine what it must be like to do all of that, and then relay all of this information to a congregation in a way in which they can understand it. I spent the last three days just trying to write a small post about Genesis chapter 14. I became so aggravated because I have no background knowledge of the places and the people that are spoken of in this passage. Trying to capture all of this in story form, without changing the essence of what the Holy Spirit wants us to see through this piece of scripture, became overwhelming! I didn’t give up though and neither should you! Keep pressing on, because what you are doing is so important! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this subject. It’s good to be reminded of how much our pastors really do and we should all be showing them our gratitude and praying for them each and every day. Have a blessed day!

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    1. pmhorne

      Michelle, Thank you for your comment. Good Bible study is hard work. I have a degree in Religion from LU. And I am working on my Mdiv from them as well. I know how hard studying can be. What I am finding challenging is how to take this text I am working on and make it accessible to everyone. I am glad this post encouraged you! I hope you keep up the work of good Bible study so people can profit from it. God Bless,

      Paul

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