Lately I’m not making many people very happy. Their messages come at me left and right. They turn my days from good to bad in just a few minutes. Stress builds, anxiety compounds and expectations pile up faster than I can reduce the items on my task list.
Last week I got an emotionally- charged email from someone who told me that my failure to meet her expectations were making her think that it might be time to find a new church. She had stuff left over that did not sell at her yard sale and she wanted someone to pick it up for the upcoming church yard sale. I didn’t get someone to connect with her until several days after she called so she and her husband she were threatening to leave. I apologized. I didn’t want to.
Then there was the lady pitching a fundraiser. She said I lacked “Christian decency” because I wouldn’t set aside time for her to come in to meet with me. I apologized and again explained that I do not have the authority to launch fundraisers. Yeah, I let her down too.
Sometimes ministry stinks. I have periods where I would like to answer the phone, “Hello, this is Scott. Please tell me all the ways I have failed you. Let’s go alphabetically…”
Lord, help me to love people. Help us to love each other.
Col. 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the LORD forgave you. (NIV)