Learning to Carry What You Can’t Put Down (The Weight of Responsibility)

Being a Pastor has it’s perks. I should say blessings. It also has it’s weight. There is a weight that comes with every commitment. For instance, there was a moment once my wife and I said our vows and signed our marriage license a weight was placed on my shoulders. Not a ball and chain weight but rather a weight of responsibility. To be honest I didn’t expect it, but it came. With the birth of our first child a weight came, not a ball and chain but rather a weight of responsibility. It seems everything I have committed to, a weight of responsibility has come with it. Leading in the roll and call of a Pastor and Ministry leader has a weight of responsibility which comes with the call.

With Every Commitment Comes a Weight of Responsibility

The weight of my call is no different. There are two ways I can choose to look at the weight of responsibility as it directly relates to the call God has placed on my life. It can be a burden I want and seek to be relieved from or a burden I learn how to carry. If you are in ministry you have a choice as to how you look at and handle the weight of your call. It can be a dread which you just want to see finished or something you learn how to manage and carry.

You decide the way you view the weight of Gods call on your life. It can be a burden you want and seek to be relieved from or a burden you learn how to carry.

Before I end let me leave you with this. I recently had the opportunity to attend our annual South Carolina Church of God camp meeting in Mauldin, SC. Without taking too much time unpacking everything I gleaned, here is one area God helped me. Long story short I went to a seasoned, well respected Pastor within our state. I had one question I was hoping for insight on. I asked him, “The weight of ministry gets heavy and so often I feel inadequate and not effective. How have you learned to carry the weight instead of just finding something else to do. I can’t step away because that would be disobedience, so if I am to thrive in my relationship with God and in my call, can you teach me how you’ve learned to carry the weight and burden which God has called you to?”

First let me say, my question wasn’t answered directly by this Pastor. Instead, God allowed me the opportunity, when asked a series of questions by this mentor, to have an “Aha” moment. I will share more on that in the next post.

What do you see?

“You are continually changing and what you are becoming is going to determine what you see.”

What a great post to keep in mind.


  • Jeremiah 1:11 (NKJV) Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”
  • Jeremiah 1:13 (NKJV) And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?”

Your eyes betray you every day. It is like you live in a big room full of mirrors; everything you see is a reflection of who you are.

For example, everyone that saw Jesus hanging on the Cross saw someone different.

  • Mary saw her son.
  • John saw his closest friend and Messiah.
  • The Romans saw a political pawn that was not to be taken seriously.
  • The leaders of Israel saw a real threat that was to be taken seriously—so seriously that they felt he had to die.

Bottom line: who they were determined what they saw. untitled

The good news is you can change what you see around you by changing you.


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