Six years ago today, I stood behind the pulpit and preached my first sermon at my first pastorate. I was 32 and full of enthusiasm. Little did I know that I would only serve there for 11 months, but I am thankful for those who prayed for me, supported me, and followed my leadership. So many things came crashing down during that time, and quite a few were there for me after I resigned.
I want to say to my church-attending readers to love your pastor. You might say that your pastor is unlovable. In that case, pray for your pastor. Many pastors move miles away from family and friends to give their life for the sake of the gospel. You may be the only family they have for Christmas. Don’t let them be alone! Let them be a part of your family this Christmas.