I know you are in the middle of workshop, Butt.
I know you are about to step up to preach, Butt.
My name isn't Butt.
I address one other episode which always calls that name. I know it's your day off, Butt. Do you in ministry find you have an identical name? I get Mondays, Thursday afternoons, and a half a day Saturday off. I need that time away and the church needs me to have that time away. I get called Butt during some of those times.
Nearly all such days have at least slight interruption. Last Thursday evening I had a meeting in my home regarding a golf tournament we are laboring over. It was the only time in two weeks all five of us could get together. The meeting went from 6:30 to 8:00 and at 8:00 one developing an unexpected counseling session arrived in my drive which lasted 'til my bedtime....9:15 (That's a joke....sorta).
Multiple claims on singular time-slots can wear a servant down. Here are some things to consider for where you live:
- It's not up to you to fix things or people....Romans 9:16.
- It is lawful to let your yes be yes and your no be no. When you mean to say no, say so.
- When, in your opinion, no is the proper response, give it without feeling guilty.
- It is important to discern which pressing issues are legitimate and which are from sheer irresponsibility.
- Try to remember that while some are actually interrupting your day, there are other leaders in the church who have full-time jobs and will be interrupted by several we no nothing about as soon as they sit down to eat with their families.
- Remember that recurring characteristic of Jesus' ministry is that he ran into one interruption after another. Such makes his story.
Hold on when the plates begin to wobble. Say no when you need. Be grateful all of the time. Don't complain. One of the things I say to myself when the going gets tough is a lot of good men wish they had my job just one week and I have it every day!