Sunday, October 24, 2010

Walking a Tight Rope

As a pastor begins to prepare a sermon he/she may spend lots of time not only looking at and studying the scripture but also the congregation in which the message will be delivered, or at least I do.

I also spend a bit of time TRYING to ensure I am not using the pulpit as my own personal bully pulpit. I try to make sure that I find that place where God, Scripture, the people, and myself all meet.

But sometimes it is hard....often times one piece of this formula may be out of whack or may be flaring up....It could be an issue in the congregation or perhaps in my own life. the scripture for the week may be telling me something different than it was when I laid out the idea of the sermon months prior.

So at times I feel as if I am walking a tightrope...but I guess the question I am wrestling with today is that always the best thing to do.. Is there times when I need to get off that tightrope and deal with the repercussions of that if and when they happen.

I think the one constant that I need to keep looking for is God....If I see God leading me in the situation I need to follow whether it is a change of focus in the scripture or something in the congregation or even in my own life.

But the tightrope keeps calling me back...

1 comment:

LogicaL Layspeaker said...

"...So at times I feel as if I am walking a tightrope..."

Join the club, speaking as laity who ponders the same, and as one is convicted in hearing! The Lord's message can not be hidden under a bushel!