05 April 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Small Things? Not Really

While a Sr. in High School (30+ yrs ago!!), I took the US military’s ASVAB test, which lists your top career opportunities based on your aptitude. My #1? FUNERAL DIRECTOR!! I scoffed.

I already knew I was headed for Bible College & would someday be a Pastor. Little did I know how influential the role of Pastor/”Funeral Director” would be!

Yes, there are others who are Funeral Directors at most that I officiate, and I thank God for their role! Point being, even when I was unaware, God was actively trying to prepare me for what He wanted for me to be for Him.

Studies today show the role of the Pastor in the US diminishing in trust & influence. I understand where the studies are coming from, but when I have the honor & privilege to officiate a funeral, I do not see that. I see gratitude and appreciation that there was someone willing to help family & friends navigate a difficult loss in their lives.

It’s still not my favorite thing about pastoring, but it’s a sacred & holy privilege. Pastor friends, let’s not “despise the day of small things” (Zechariah 4:10), nor see these opportunities as “small things”.

(In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m officiating a funeral today, for a neighbor.)

  • Mike Barker

    Well said Pastor Paul.