From colleague and friend Pastor Donald Sharp of Chicago ~
As a long tenured pastor I have managed to develop meaningful relationships with those who have allowed me to serve them as their pastor. It is an awesome responsibility, laden with countless disappointments and sorrows that are balanced with countless joys.
I continue to look at Mark 10:42-45 as my mantra; Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (NIV)
One of my favorite writers Henri Nouwen wrote, “The beginning and the end of all Christian leadership is to give your life for others.” Over these past 55 years of service I have officiated the funeral of one hundred and twenty-five people, who were members of our church.. In taking a retrospective look, many of them took a part of me with them and I find myself asking “how much do I have left?” I am reminded of a favorite expression that I have heard many times, “God ain’t gonna put more on you than what you can bear.”
HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYBODY. Thanks for listening.