Recently I had one of those self realization moments. It happened during a completely innocent conversation. I was talking with one of the people at my church and they asked the inevitable question, ” How are you doing?” Well, I gave the same answer that I was in the habit of giving,
“Busy, but good.”
That was when it hit me. I was almost always answering this question with a similar answer. The content may have changed a little, but the main point was always that I was BUSY. Now, what I was saying was definately true. As a volunteer children’s pastor with a family of four and working a full time job outside of the church I am busy. However, in that moment I meant no harm, but I know realize that I may have actually been hurting my ministry. For me it was simply small talk. However, for the other person I fear that it may have sounded like,
“I’m too busy for you.”
That is the last thing I would ever want to communicate to ANYONE, but it doesn’t change the fact that I was.
So, are you doing or saying anything that might be telling the people around you that you are too busy, too tired, too important, or too anything else to minister to them?Matt Norman
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