Throughout the years, I have told a number of Good Shepherd staffers that as much as I love planning and preparing sermons as well as leading LifeGroup conversations, there come times when I simply have “to feel like a pastor today.”
By that I mean the urgency to visit in a hospital or nursing home or simply an impromptu, agenda-free visit with a congregant.
When I am able to insert one or more of those moments into a work week (which, honestly, is a nostalgic flashback to what it was like to pastor the people of Mt. Carmel UMC in Monroe, NC) I will tell my staff colleagues, “I felt like a pastor today.”
I didn’t know the impact of that phrase until last week … when, on two separate and unrelated occasions, two staffers used it verbatim with me to describe their work days.
Words make worlds.