People who see me out and about, wearing my ministry face, shouting hallelujahs, may not believe there’s another side of me.
I’m not always full of pep. I don’t always have my pastor cloak draped over my shoulders. Actually, there are times I simply want to be left alone so I can brood my life away.
Sometimes I have a hard time with my circumstances. They seem to run me over when I least expect it.
And yes, there are times when I beat myself up with self-condemnation. It’s like I take the sword of the Lord, God’s word, and stab myself over and over until I run out of energy.
It’s not something I’d ever advise someone doing, yet I find myself doing it. Every so often.
Like today, for example. My stomach started bothering me yesterday, cramping and acting all goofy. The same thing it’s done for a number of years. No doctor has really been able to help me, so I quit going. I just ride them out when they happen. Until today. The pain and duration was more than I could handle, so my wife drove me to the emergency room.
Four and a half hours later…medicine to help with the symptoms. And a bill due for several hundred dollars.
Why am I telling you all this? Because you need to understand that pastors, people in ministry, DO NOT live a perfect life! They can be attacked spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially, and socially…just out of the blue.
I’m sure you’ll never hear any of the big name televangelists tell of their woes on national television. However, you will receive mail asking for donations to help them pay for this or that ministry or problem.
Joel Osteen doesn’t flash that million dollar smile 24/7. TD Jakes will have days, or moments anyway, when he simply doesn’t know what to do. Kenneth Copeland can’t always be above only, and not beneath.
I’ll just bet they don’t always preach a perfect sermon. And if they don’t, they trash it. It won’t be put on the air.
No, I’m not blasting them. Great men of God, I’m sure. But they’re only men.
The men of God who’ve recently committed suicide were people well respected and admired in their cities and churches. Probably seen by all, wearing their church smiles, and ministry hallelujahs. But somewhere along the line the enemy got in and took control.
It’s not necessarily just one thing that shoves them over the edge. Many times it is a combination of events, and one proverbial last straw.
I cannot over stress the need for people like you and I to look after our pastor. We need to cover them, support them, and release them to do God’s bidding. It’s not only for their benefit but for ours as well.
Please check this book out for more ideas about how to help your pastor. “How To Get The Most Out Of Your Pastor.” Available @ amazon. Also, if you’ll notice the page on this blog titled “Kindle eBooks by J.Grace”, click on the page and it will open up with links to amazon.com.
Don’t let a flashy smile or an expensive suit fool you. Pastors need our help.
Now more than ever.