Every preacher who does his job well faces that dilemma on a regular basis. It’s the feeling of being pulled at from many different people with many different angles. It’s the tug in our own heart that we just aren’t sure what we need to do next.
I’m on a plane right now, 33,000 feet in the air, on my way to meet my brother to spend the next two days encouraging preachers and working on TJI future projects. But, I’m missing the surgery of a good friend and fellow Church member in the morning. I feel the need to be with his family, and I want to be with them.
I’m missing our weekly Monday night study group. A group of close friends that I love to be with to pray and study. I’m missing our Tuesday morning men’s visitation and luncheon.
No need to go on. If you are a preacher and you are reading this, you already know the feeling, and you can probably add much more to my list.
Brothers, another thing we know, at least intellectually is that we can’t do it all. We can’t be everywhere we feel the need to be or even want to be. We can’t be with everyone that we feel we should be with.
But, here’s something we should also never forget. It’s all important. Whatever you do for the Lord and in His Name this week is important. Every minute we spend with our wife and children strengthening those relationships is important.
Every visit, call or contact we make for Him is important. Every person we assist, encourage, or build up is important. Every prayer we pray for others and for us is important.
So, maybe we should take a deep breath. Don’t fret. Just know that whatever you are doing this week for the Lord and His Kingdom is important. Thank you for doing the important work in the Kingdom!