Monday, January 19, 2009

Pastor's Wife

"Senior Pastor's Wife"...What a title. I knew that "one day" Calvin would probably be too old to be a Youth Pastor and that the logical progression would be for him to stand behind the pulpit, but I never gave much thought to it. After all, "one day" is, well..."one day".
"One day" became to be "today" in February of 2008.
I had a lot to live up to. The former Pastor's wife was exactly what most anyone would picture when asked to describe a pastor's wife. Kind, Gentle, compassionate, modest, humble, selfless...I could go on forever! Come to think of it, I cannot think of a single time that I saw her lose her temper or heard her say anything negative about anyone the entire time I served with her...about 9 years.
That's a hard act to follow for an outspoken, opinionated, and hard headed control freak like myself. For the first few months of 2008 I really struggled to be what I thought "the preacher's wife" should be. Then I met D. She changed my life with one thought.
We were at a meeting for Sr Pastors' wives. I was stressing about all the self-imposed demands of being the preacher's wife and lamenting over the extra time demands being put on my husband...time that took him away from us.
D let me know that MY responsibility was to my Pastor. God chose ME to care for His pastor so that His pastor could care for His flock.
What an awesome responsibility! That was a turning point in my life. Totally took the focus off of me and put it on my sweet Pastor. I love watching him as he prepares his sermons. I love watching as he grows in his relationship with his Savior. I love praying for him. I love the fact that our Heavenly Father often gives me a gentle nudge when I need to pray more. Most of all I love being the one person closest to him. I have the distinct privilege of being the hands and feet of Christ to my sweet pastor as he is the hands and feet of Christ to everyone else. Pretty cool stuff.
Now, don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE being the FLO coordinator ( the For Ladies Only ministry at our church), teaching the Ladies Wednesday Night Bible Study, Teaching Sunday School, Leading Music for VBS, and Singing in the Choir. However, none of these services to my Savior come close to measuring up to the service I truly believe He created me for....Caring for His pastor.
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