I checked my emails this morning. The messages are random; some extreme. One church nearby is in a crisis. A preacher some distance is in a different sort of undoing. One is needing me to meet a workshop deadline. Another workshop question awaits; I haven't the answer. A phone message says an important email is awaiting which is key to other deadlines...and the email isn't to be found. A man from another congregation wants me to call to counsel. A man from yet another congregation wants me to call to counsel. A woman some distance away is telling me of the most awesome and outrageous moves of God to rescue orphans. A man from another country wants me to line up opportunities for friends. That's nine...I believe. There are sixteen others pertaining to meeting reminders and lunch dates and a list of the sick in the hospitals.
While this is my personal accounting of my entrance into my office this morning, I feel certain I have described your very similar scenario. How shall we deal with this? PROFOUNDLY!
How many hundreds...I wonder if thousands...would love to have my job one day? I get to have it everyday! How many wish someone would ask them to direct the workshop or be the senior minister at Memorial or a be a confidant or need to meet with so many to hear of their struggles? I get to be me! You get to be you and so many wish they were in your shoes.
Feeling slightly whelmed? Well, that's all it is....slight. We have the greatest role in the world. Ministry? No, being us! Put a smile on that good looking mug of yours and bless the tar out of everyone you meet today!