Crazy Expectations

There are many struggles in a pastors’ life, but I don’t know if any of them are as difficult as struggling with other people’s expectations of you. After almost 12 years in full time ministry, meeting other people’s expectations of me continues to be the single most difficult thing that I struggle with. That’s why the following paragraphs were three of the most helpful that I’ve read (outside of the Bible) in the last six months. They come from Kevin DeYoung’s upcoming book Crazy Busy, which I’ll have a review up of in a couple of weeks.

Almost any Christian can make a case that their thing should be the main thing or at least one of the most important things. It’s easy for preachers and leaders, or just plain old Christian friends, to pound away at “more” – we should pray more, give more, show hospitality more, share our faith more, read our Bibles more, volunteer more…

I think most Christians hear these urgent calls to do more (or feel them internally already) and learn to live with a low-level guilt that comes from not doing enough. We know we can always pray more and give more and evangelize more, so we get used to living in a state of mild disappointment with ourselves…

Every Christians must be prepared to give an answer for the reason for the hope that we have (1 Pet. 3:15), but not everyone will do beach evangelism. Every Christian should be involved in the Great Commission, but not everyone will move overseas. Every Christian should oppose abortion, but not everyone will adopt or volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center. We need Christians who spend their lives improving inner city schools and Christians whose dream is to get great theological books translated into Polish. And we need Christians who don’t make others feel guilty (and don’t feel guilty themselves) when one of us follows a different passion than another…We have to be okay with other Christians doing certain good things better and more often than we do

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August 28 2013 04:00 am | Blog

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