I’m against sin. I’ll kick it as long as I’ve got a foot, and I’ll fight as long as I’ve got a fist. I’ll butt it as long as I’ve got a head. I’ll bite it as long as I’ve got a tooth. And when I’m old and fistless and footless and toothless, I’ll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition. – Evangelist Billy Sunday
The the sound of whistling from the kettle on the stove signaled it was time to pour. The instant coffee had already been placed in the cup which was sitting on the counter with the spoon inside the cup. She would walk over, remove the kettle from the stove and pour the boiling water over those grounds which would immediately fill the room with the smell of coffee being made.
She would then walk over to the fridge grab the milk and pour in just enough to lighten the dark coffee. The right amount of sugar and the portion of milk was perfect. The liquid it would appear, would surely run over the mouth of the cup as she would make her way from the stove to where I was sitting. Not so with her graceful movement. Even though she had leg problems and would wobble from time to time, not one drop of coffee would fall wasted.
There I sat, in Granpa’s stool, the one which sat at the end of the kitchen bar with a dishrag that acted as a placemat. I felt grown, as Grandma would place that cup in front of me. The white one with the blue rings toward the top.
That’s the memory which came back to me as I fixed my cup of coffee this morning as I briefly took a sip just to get that first taste. Yes, thats the best sip of the whole cup, the first one.
Instead of a kettle on the stove and instant coffee, we have a Kurig. Instead of the small white cup with blue rings around the top I have an oversize Starbucks mug. I do have to say, as good as my cup taste, it still doesn’t match the smell and taste of the one at Grandma’s house. Oh to sit at that stool now, as I did when I was a child and later teen years.
I must say, I am thankful for the memory that my Grandma and Grandpa gave me, which would allow me to write and think about today. It’s funny how moments can take you back isn’t it. Well, that memory which I had this morning brought a passage of scripture to my mind.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. -Psalm 116:15 (NKJV)
Ministry, particularly that of Pastor can be a hard job. If you add in the culture of the surrounding where your serving, the different needs of individuals you serve, and the assumed needs of what it is going to take in order to “grow” the congregation, not to mention whatever else you may be facing, it can be a bit overwhelming, right?
I don’t believe God intends anyone serving In His Call for their life to be overwhelmed. We are overcomers.
Before going any further here are a few scriptures that i believe will encourage you in the event that you are feeling overwhelmed in your present role or assignment.
Isaiah 59:19 (NKJV) When the enemy comes in like a flood,The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
Isaiah 43:1-3 (NKJV) Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior
John 10:10 (NKJV) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NKJV) Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Know this; God is your stronghold, God is your Redeemer, Jesus came to fulfill your life, and God is faithful.
I have read over a passage of scripture quite often, prior to, and since serving as a Pastor. It is powerful and helps me to keep things into perspective as it relates to my role and the goals that I need to strive for. I will share and comment on that in my next post.
Until then, keep your head up and keep pressing forward. We need you.