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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Encouragement (02/23/12)

TITLE: The Pastors Log
By George McVey


The Pastorís Log
United Church. Pastorís log Supplemental:

We pastors always tell people that we have the most fulfilling job ever. If we were truthful with them and ourselves weíd have to admit that isnít so. In fact, being a pastor is the most frustrating and thankless job Iíve ever had. If one more person makes that idiotic comment about only working two days a week I am probably going to tell them all what they can do with this job. I hear used car salesmen make a lot of money

No one appreciates what I do. All I ever hear is how I can improve my sermon. Either itís too long or too short, too deep or too shallow. I talk about God too much or not enough. My wife and kids say I use them as illustrations too much, the congregation wants me to tell more of those funny stories about my family.

I hear how Iím lucky to not have to get a real job. However the same person thinks nothing of calling me at two in the morning to come to the hospital and pray for them. Oh and just try to take a day off, forget about it. If I go to the movies Iím sinning, if I donít then Iím out of touch with real people. It seems no matter what I do I canít win.

My resignation letter is already written. Iíve had it for months right here on my desk. I think this might be the week that I actually submit it. After all, if I did they wouldnít even miss me. Theyíve told me often enough how easy Iíd be to replace, lets see if theyíre right.

I got into this because God called me. I had a vision of touching people and drawing them closer to God. They sure look like they're further away to me. Have I wasted all that schooling Iím still paying for? How about all those years as a youth pastor and now as a senior pastor? Just once Iíd like to know Iíve made a difference to someone. I think Iíll make an appointment to see the elders tomorrow and give them that envelope. This is Pastor Bigmac signing off, maybe for the last time.

United Church Pastors Log, New Entry:

What a beautiful day. I love my job. It is the greatest job in the world. I know, I know that isnít what I was saying yesterday. All I want is to make a difference and I am.

What changed you wonder? I got home last night and decided to check my email account. There it was right on top. Email from Godslightgirl98@yahoo. Listen to what she had to say.

Pastor Bigmac,

You probably donít remember me,.My name is Katie Christian. You were my youth pastor about ten years ago. I just want to tell you that while I was in your youth ministry I may have been a pest. It may have seemed like I wasnít paying any attention to anything you said or did but I was.
The things you taught me during my middle and high school years have stuck with me ever since.

I donít think Iíve told you but when you preached at the fall retreat you told us how to give our lives to Jesus. I prayed that night to receive Him into my life. You left to become senior pastor a year latter before I could tell you my plans for my future.

I just wanted to let you know that your example and love helped me to realize what God was calling me to do with my life. You should be receiving an envelope in the mail in the next few days inviting you to my graduation from Trinity Bible College and Seminary. I hope youíll attend. I want your advice on how to impact teens for Christ. I start my first job as youth pastor the following week. Iím hoping and praying that I can make as big an impact for them as you did for me.

Iím sure you hear it all the time but I just have to tell you that you literally changed my life. Thank you for being faithful to God. I canít wait to hear how greatly he is using you as a senior pastor.
Your daughter in Christ, Katie
Love to report more but Iíve a sermon to prepare.
Pastor Bigmac signing off

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Donna Wilcher03/01/12
Wow! What a great story! With a POWERFUL ending! Loved it!
Kathleen Langridge03/02/12
Your piece reminded me of the old saying "Many pastors resign every Monday. They just never tell anyone."

You portrayed a common experience in ministry. Many people would be shocked and surprised to learn that upfront people feel this way. Good portrayal and an ending very true to life.
I did spot a few bits of missing punctuation. Always good to have another pair of eyes check it over, if possible.
Good job. See you next week?
C D Swanson 03/02/12
Loved this! Loved it, loved it, loved it!

What a touching story, and so so true. Pastors have so much to handle, and so many things are on them.
This showed how "human" Pastors are...good job of reflecting the frustration that our "flesh" bodies can produce.

Loved the letter from his former youth student! God placed that in his email...there are no conincidences with God. His hand is always on us and always has a purpose.

Loved it. Thank you so much.

God bless~
Geoffrey johnstone03/04/12
Loved it.

As a retired pastor I can relate to this story. I actually had this happen to me a couple of times.

Good stuff!
Nancy Bucca03/04/12
Thank you for this glimpse into the life of a pastor. How easy it is to make assumptions about pastors and how they should/should not be living their lives.

I think we can all relate to the fact that one encouraging message can make a world of difference in how we feel about ourselves and our jobs.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/05/12
This brought tears to my eyes. I have a friendship with my minister and I know sometimes he thinks no one understands him. He has saved my life, and more importantly my soul. He had tears flowing down his face at my son's High School graduation. See, my son is now a senior in college and is starting Seminary next year. My minister knows how he has impacted my family's life. But even though I've told him before, I think I'll tell him again at Bible Study tonight. Maybe I'll print your story and just drop it in his mailbox with the words We do love and appreciate you at the bottom of it. Thank you for this.
George McVey03/05/12
Thank everyone for your kind words.
C D Swanson 03/08/12
Congratulations! God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/08/12
Congratulations for your ribbon in your level and for placing 18th overall!