No congratulations for the CalTrans worker


With my good friend and associate John Mira

With my good friend and associate John Mira

When I took to the stage Friday in front of a conference crowd in the thousands, I felt very different from the first time 21 years ago. Last time, I felt like a celebrity. This time, being announced to open a church in Van Nuys, I felt like a CalTrans worker.

One of the sermons that resonated was about pioneer pastors digging for treasure, the souls of men. The preacher talked about how a shovel was the essential gear. Having raised up a church in Guatemala during 16 years, I understood what he was talking about. I was hunkering down for the hard labor again.

So the multiple congratulations from well-wishers has given me a sense of mirth. Do people congratulation highway workers for digging ditches under the blistering sun? Maybe they should give.

If you want to pastor, don’t look for congratulations. Look for work, lots and lots of work.

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7 responses to “No congratulations for the CalTrans worker

  1. Well said! Pastoring is not for the faint of heart!

  2. Your last statement said a mouthful.

  3. I honestly never wanted to pastor, but just to be a Bible teacher without the day-to-day responsibility. God had other ideas! Proclaiming the Word of the Lord should only be done from a broken heart.

  4. Amen! Brother every pastor needs to read this. Puts things in perspective with the ministry.

  5. Dude. You’re working for the Master. Brokenness is the only life He knew.
    Love it!

  6. Excellent message. When Moses died, God did not say “the great leader Moses is dead,” He said, “Moses my SERVANT is dead” (Joshua 1:2). The highest calling the Christian can have is serve (Mark 10:45). If God calls us to dig ditches, then let us do so with joy!

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