Last week I posted about how hard it is being a pastor. Which got me thinking, “How hard is it being a church member?” (Note: There is a little tongue and cheek this post (Ok, admittedly there is a lot of tongue in cheek. We can laugh right?), but there are some kernels of truth as well.)
So here are three reasons why it’s tough being a church member:
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It’s hard being a pastor. I know that there are many jobs out there that are difficult (doctors, nurses, policemen and women, I know you’re out there). But I think the job of a pastor has a unique toll on the pastor and his family. Jennifer LaClaire says it best in her article “Why are So Many Pastors Committing Suicide?”
There is no lack of statistics about pastors and depression, burnout, health, low pay, spirituality, relationships and longevity—and none of them are good. According to the Schaeffer Institute, 70 percent of pastors constantly fight depression, and 71 percent are burned out. Meanwhile, 72 percent of pastors say they only study the Bible when they are preparing for sermons; 80 percent believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families; and 70 percent say they don’t have a close friend.
Other statistics are
All of Oregon is on fire right now. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (Click Here for their website) there are 22 fires in Oregon with over 350,000 acres burning. The whole state of Oregon looks like Mordor from the Lord of The Rings rather than the beautiful state it usually is.
The most recent fire in Oregon is the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires in the Columbia Gorge which have just joined together into one massive inferno of over 30,000 acres of forest. All of this allegedly started because a young 15 year old boy decided to drop some fireworks into the Eagle Creek Canyon (Click Here for that article).
On March 23, 2017 my second daughter was born. Here are five things I’ve noticed about her thus far:
- She has A LOT of hair. Seriously, it’s like a mop.
- She’s big for a C-section at 38 weeks (8lbs 12oz, and 20.25″ long).
- She loves to sleep. This has really been a blessing as she’s a pretty good sleeper.
- She’s really chill. What other baby do you know will let the nursery nurse poke them in the foot for the required blood tests and not even fuss or flinch. She didn’t even make a face, just went on sleeping.
- She loves to be held. With all the family and friends that have come through the hospital she has enjoyed being held by all of them.
As with every parent, I see the potential life that this little girl could live. Her whole life is before her. My daily prayer continues to be, as it has been since my oldest was born, “Lord make me the father You are so that my children will fall in love with You.”
“Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?’ This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. Philip answered Him, ‘Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone receive a little.'” -John 6:5-7
Why does Thomas always get the bad reputation when it comes to doubting? Whenever we reference doubt in Scripture frequently we look to good ‘ol doubting Thomas. And rightly so, he wouldn’t believe that Jesus had raised from the dead unless he was able to empirically prove it through his own senses. But why do we always point out this one disciple in this one instance?