Why I Wouldn’t Want Any Other Job

I've been reflecting on the blessings and disadvantages of pastoring a larger church (part 1, part 2, and part 3). And today I've been reminded of why I think I have a greatest job in the world:

  • I get to go to work everyday to do what I love to do – and very few people get to do that. 
  • I get to go to work everyday to do what I am best at doing – and very few people get to do that.
  • When I have a long, long day at work – I'm getting to do what I love doing and am good at doing.
  • I get to see radical life-change up close and personal almost every single week. There is nothing like seeing lives transformed by the power of the Gospel.
  • I get to hear amazing stories of transformation – most of which I never get to share – that energize me every day.
  • I get emails on a weekly basis from people that God allowed me to impact in their walk with Christ.
  • I often get to hear, "You were talking right to me. I feel like you've been a spy in my home!" That makes the hard work of preaching worth it.
  • I get to work with a team of committed volunteers at church who, for zero pay, give amazing amounts of time, energy, and sacrifice to help us be more effective in what God has called our church to do.
  • I also get to work with 17 amazing people who could likely make more money in a different line of work, but for the love of the mission – come to work day after day and get to do what they love with me.
  • I've seen many marriages rescued from the brink of disaster.
  • I've seen men trapped by sexual sin freed through the power of the cross.
  • I've seen relationships mended that seemed hopeless.
  • I get to daily strategize about how to fulfill the mission of making more and better disciples. 
  • My daughters enjoy hearing me speak. I can't think of a better compliment. (And I think they actually mean it – or at least I choose to believe they do.)

I know it may sounds crazy, but I actually believe I have the greatest job in the world.

 

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