Suffering from lack

By Paul Stanley

April 18, 2018

Usually I do not think much about writing a blog, as it is called, unless something that I think should be shared comes to mind. I guess it is because I try not to be so full of myself that I think people would like to hear every little thing i think about. No disrespect to those who like to write down every thought that comes to mind for others to read, it is just not my thing.

Most things that comes to mind has to do with church and church people. I have the unfortunate blessing of having a front row to all of the things both good and bad that go on in a church and with the people who go there. I guess this is the life of many pastors, which explains the plethora of books available lamenting church life. Even most blogs and social media post have to do with church life but the majority of them seem to be of the same genre; 12 reasons why people do not go to church, 7 reasons why people do not give, 5 things you are doing wrong, 15 things millennials hate about your church, and so on.

I think leaders get so preoccupied with what is wrong they overlook what is right, which by the way, you don't read too many blogs or books about. As leaders, we have gathered before us a group of people looking for God. They want a relationship with Jesus Christ, or are at least interested in such. But the thing they need most is love; pure and simple, and yet we often fail because we are too preoccupied with trying to fix all they things or keep up with all the things these blogs and books are telling us to fix.

I guess this little post is directed more at leaders than anyone else. if that is you allow me to suggest a few things to you. First, love your flock. They are screwed up, sinful, selfish, lazy, distracted and all the other things we think about them but heck, so are you at times! Quit pushing them toward perfection and by all means, when they are slow at getting there, do not get mad and threaten to quit because your pride is whispering in your ear that you are to important to waste your time with them or that they are being disrespectful toward you because they are not falling in line with your agenda. They desperately need to be loved first and love sometimes requires a ton of patience and long suffering on our part. Even if they keep getting caught up in sin, we should direct them back on the path instead of kicking them to the curb. remember love covers a multitude of sin.

We are in this for the long haul. If the church is suffering from lack, as far as people being discipled and living in obedience and doing everything perfectly, I don't think that is as bad as a church who lives in lack of love. I don't know about you, but I am so glad that Jesus loved me enough not to quit on me, or kick me out, or to get angry at me. It took a long time to get my act together, which, by the way, I am still working on with Jesus.

Let's show a little of that love to the folks that God has trusted us with too.....

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