David Hayward is a both an artist and pastor. I've shared several of his cartoons from his blog nakedpastor.com and encouraged many to read it regularly. I admire his choice to be a vulnerable pastor and to be honest about what that can be like. As any pastor knows, and the rest of you suspect, it is at times the most amazing opportunity and at other times quite challenging.
A recent post, Heart of Release, describes his decision about how choses to respond to situations that come up for him as a pastor. His words resonnate with how I want to live not only in ministry but in all my life. Maybe they will speak to you as well. Thank you David.
Almost every day I hear about people who have left our community, how they are doing, how happy they are, and how they, with the sincerest of intentions, invite others to go with them. I am happy that they are happy. I really am. I’m trying to have a large heart about this. It is not easy.
I will be liberating. I will be entirely releasing toward others. Others can set the boundaries and distances between themselves and me and our community. They are free to come in and go out and find pasture. If they want to call our church their church and never come, that’s fine. If they want to go to different churches, that’s fine. If they want to come every week and not involve themselves in any other way, that’s fine. If they want to give, that’s fine. If not, that’s fine too. If they want to come to everything and get totally involved, that’s fine. If they want to see me personally one on one every week on top of all their involvement, that’s fine. I will be open, liberating and releasing. I will love fully, no matter how they respond or relate to that. My heart will not grow calloused, bitter, resentful, ambitious or jealous. I will love all without partiality and without self-interest.
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