Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Normal and relevant

Sometimes pastors feel the need to be above other people.  They can get ivory towerish.  They can come to enjoy the notoriety, the pomp and circumstance, the being placed on a pedestal.

When I look for a pastor, I am looking for someone who is down to earth.  Someone that normal people can relate to.  I am looking for someone that is approachable, that draws me in.  If they welcome me, maybe God will as well.

I love to think about Jesus walking out for the sermon on the mount.  He did not dress up in fancy clothes that day, he did not put on a big cross.  He did not change his voice to preacher voice.  He stepped out in the midst of the people and said simple things like, "blessed are the poor in spirit."  People loved him [except for the pompous pharisees.]  People loved him.  Children loved him.  He was approachable, normal and relevant.

We would all do better to just relax and be ourselves.  Spirituality is not so much putting something on, as it is taking off the pretense that so easily besets us all.

No one needs to pretend.  Be you.  You are OK.  You are good.  Good enough.  God made you and he loves you.  This world needs normal and relevant people.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.


Anonymous said...

That's exactly what I can't get into with cathollism

Anonymous said...

U r real n OK Still miss ya here

Anonymous said...

And if I were a writer, and if I were writing a story about you, this (aside from paragraph 1 of course) is how I would describe you. I miss you and your genuineness and realness very much.

One of my daughters once said, "He talks so we can understand him." xoxo