I've been thinking a lot lately, about how people rise to positions and what unfolds as they handle responsibilities and progress through stages of their career, whether it be in the marketplace or in ministry. We all have our places and while our success in one area may be a barometer for success in another, it is not necessarily a guaranteed lock that such will be the case.
There's an old joke... those who can do, do; those who can't, teach.
We've all had or seen people who were good in their job, yet once they stepped up in position, something changed. Not always, but often. And much like in the marketplace, ministry can get dicey.
Good pastors can be not-so-great bosses.
Quality associates may break under increased responsibilities.
Great managers may struggle, if they were ever the owner.
Recognizing one's strength and weaknesses can be difficult to navigate. Correctly taking inventory of it in others can also be a challenge at times, as we go through the process of doing a day's work well. For times when tensions are raised; frustrations are realized and difficulty lies at the forefront of the matter, such elements can make a good day feel like a battle for the duration... for both parties.
Prolonged battles lead to fatigue. Fatigue leads to mistakes. Mistakes lead to greater frustration. And the battle cycles to a great level of prominence. Eventually this doesn't work out so well... a nerve-racking prospect in and of itself.
While nobody likes to consider that all is not well at church, between Monday and Friday, pray this #associatePastorTuesday, where truthfully, battles are cycling to greater degrees of frustration and difficulty. For tensions that are mounting; for conversations that are not going so smoothly; for decisions that are being delayed over wide-differences.... pray a covering of grace over these today. Pray cooler hearts and minds would prevail and the calming of the Holy Spirit would permeate their environments. May God grant wisdom and direction in how things should proceed and matters be resolved. Pray a healing and restoration of relationship for those torn apart from having engaged in battle.
May what the enemy meant to divide
God would use to unite.
For a greater impact for the kingdom of God
And His glory.
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