Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "I wouldn't give a fig for the kind of simplicity which exists on this side of complexity, but I would give the whole world for the simplicity that exists on the other side of complexity."
I've thought a lot about my changing views about the role of pastor. I've wondered what I would do differently if I could start all over.
- I'd focus more on people and less on tasks.
- I'd resist the pressure to have all the answers.
- I'd be more "wasteful" of my time.
- I'd learn to enjoy the present and not mortgage it for "someday."
- I'd let go of the dream to "make something of myself."
- I'd enjoy life more.
- I'd worry less about what other people think of me.
- I'd be more open to see God working in unconventional ways and in odd places.
- I'd be less of a lecturer and more of a poet.
The problem is that I'd probably make the same mistakes all over again.
In fact, I wonder if it's possible to get to the proper kind of rest without going through the struggle.
Jacob had to struggle with God before he could quit playing the trickster and receive his blessing as "Israel" (Genesis 32:22–31).
- It is only after we try and fail that we are we ready to listen to a different way.
- It is only when we recognize that we are sinners that we are ready to accept a Savior.
- It is only when we exhaust all the other options that we are ready to rest in God's grace.
One cannot be a poet without experience. It seems that we don't know how to live until we die.
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