Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Dori and I in the snow. I'm dressed for our [scrubs] message series.
I was recently at our pediatrician's office and we started talking shop. I told her all about my recent mission trip and how good it was and she talked about being on call. She wondered how pastors ever really got a break from their job. In her line of work she has on call days where people can call her on the weekend or at night, but for the most part pastors are always on call.
Senior pastors have it the worst as most people tend to think that their emergency is the most important and can only therefore be handled by the man or woman in charge. And while that might be true, pastors still do have family and lives that they treasure even though they want to help you and heal your spiritual side.
It really is a catch 22 for us to say "no." We talk all the time about how we are called by God to be set apart for this type of ministry but at the same time we cannot and should not do everything. We are also called to be husbands and wives, fathers or mothers, friend and family member. And while things might be okay in the family right now and not in your family right now, if we continue to ignore our family for the emergencies of the world then we cease to have a family to come home to.
The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing and that I can do as I try to live my life for God's glory. But please know that just because your pastor(s) is called by God and is on call to pray and minister to you, that does not mean he or she is at your beck and call.
To me being on call means being at my best spiritually so that I may give my best spiritual attention to others. And when I find the right balance of job, family, health, meditation and fun, I can do just that.
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