I had an interesting conversation recently.
"I'm excited, but kinda nervous about starting my new role."
"You'll be alright. I mean, sure, you've have had an easy job for the last 5 years, but now you gotta get back to work!"
I know that many of you don't have a full picture of what pastors do. I was one of you! I mean, except for Sunday, what could you possibly do all week, right?? I also know that for many of you, that thought has never crossed your mind, and I am glad that you are out there to balance out the people like me!
I will tell you that I now know what people who work for The Church do. And everyone who has been here to Aix-en-Provence and has spent some time with me, knows how difficult, frustrating, time consuming and wonderfully fulfilling, this job is.
I have never worked so hard in my life and most of you know I am a hard worker. I am so thankful for all of you and I want you to know that your investment is being put to good use: God's grace is great; Jesus' love is being felt and passed on to others of many nations and cultures; His Word is spreading. But I never imagined the difficulty of working in a church, the pressures, the long hours, the struggles and strains of this calling... Let alone doing it in the darkness of France, in French, with a family, and with the joys and pressures of fundraising.
I get many, many notes of encouragement from you all and I appreciate that so much. Many of you have said you feel privileged to get to be a financial part of what God has us doing, because you can't be here to do it yourself. Thank you. I get that. I am very grateful for what He is doing in the life of CA's many churches, and full of gratitude for what He is doing in my life and for the privilege of walking closer to Him than ever before.
I also want you all to know that I get "not getting it". Hey, there are lots of things to love about this job. Please know that I invite you to ask any questions and we'd love you to come spend some time with us. Then, I promise you, you'll get it!
Until then, please keep financially partnering with us and prayerfully supporting us. Pray for me today to stay close to Christ and God's Word - and let Him lead me in all I do.