Disclaimer: I am having a good week. I am content in ministry and think Good Shepherd is in a good place. Please don’t read this post as a sign of impending crisis in ministry.
Having said that, I’ve been thinking about posting on things I can’t do as a pastor for several months now. Why? Because at certain times over the last 20 years I’ve been asked to do every one of them.
So while I believe in Philippians 4:13 — I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me — I also believe “all things” has certain limits. Here are mine . . .
- Interpret Dreams. Nope. Can’t do it.
- Fix Spouses. You know this. Many of those who ask me or any pastor to “fix” their mate overlook the fixing that needs to happen in their own lives.
- Find Employment. On a few occasions, I have actually helped link someone with a job. That feels great. By and large, however, it is a daunting task that fills me with a heavy heart.
- Tell You God’s Will For Your Life. The best I can do is tell you God’s will and ask/invite/urge you to shape your life around that.
- Repair Something Broken In Your House. I can’t do that in my house, either.
- (OK, 6) Remember Something I Get Told Sunday Morning. Usually I have a pretty good memory. Not on that day with those activities.