I Love My Church Family

I Love My Church Family

It’s the 24th day of my June Blogging Challenge. So what am going to write about today? My mind keeps drifting to my flock at West Green Baptist Church. I am privileged to pastor these people. They’re not perfect. They are broken people, but I have jagged edges too. Nevertheless, we are traveling this road of faith together.

We are learning to be gracious to each another as we continue to conform to the image of Christ. I love them for their honesty. I love the fact they allow me to be honest with them. Of course, we still wear some fig leaves, but we’re learning and growing in our intimacy.

I know some deny the importance of church family, but I cannot imagine my life without my church. I am their undershepherd who cherishes having the smell of sheep on my clothes. If you’re a pastor, you understand. It is the most demanding occupation at times. However, it is one of the most rewarding challenges in my life.

My church family inspires me to be my best. Keeps me accountable. Encourages me. Challenges me. They do life together with me. I am grateful. West Green Baptist, if you’re reading this, I love walking this journey called life with you.

What about you? Where do you fellowship? I would like to hear from you. If you’re reading this and do not have a church home, would you consider West Green Baptist? We not perfect, but we’re growing together in Christ.

 

Stop Looking for Perfection

Stop Looking for Perfection

If you have spent any time around this blog, you know that I love to read. Yesterday, I came across a quote in C. Fred Smith’s Developing a Biblical Worldview that smacked me between the eyes. Smith’s words made me stop and examine myself. He writes,

We should stop looking for perfection in others. We pay lip service to the biblical teaching regarding sin, but then we expect perfection from other people. If we incorporate the reality of our common falleness into our worldview, it will be easier to accept the faults of others. It will be easier to love people, even when they disappoint us. 1

I am not saying I go around measuring people’s spirituality with my religious ruler, but do I keep my failings in mind when dealing with others? Christ taught us to be merciful  (see Matthew 5:7).  Am I reciprocating the mercy and grace I received? Do I forgive others the way I was forgiven?

We know that all sin (see Romans 3:23), but we tend to hold others to a higher standard. That attitude is the epitome of hypocrisy.  And let’s face it we are all hypocritical at times.  As Christians, we are called to hold each other accountable, but after reading this Smith’s statement, I think I will pay closer attention to being merciful. Considering my own faults when I approach others. What about you? I would love to hear from you.

 

  1. C. Fred Smith, Developing a Biblical Worldview, Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2015. 27.