Stories by a Minister's Daughter
Christians, Pinched for Time
As a minister's daughter, we seemed to always be at church.
Sunday School, regular church services, Sunday afternoon dinner on the ground, Sunday night prayer meeting, Sunday night services, Sunday night teacher's meeting, choir practice - and visiting other churches and honoring their special celebrations.
When Monday rolled around, there was a meeting of the brotherhood; Tuesday's were reserved for visitation; Wednesday was mid-week service and choir practice. Thursday was the weekly meeting of the sisterhood; Friday was youth night. And on Saturday morning, I had to meet at the church to practice with the church trio that I played for. I was only 15 going on 16 at the time.
I remember going to church when I was sick many times. I remember having to sacrifice holidays for church time. Many nights, I remember my father ministering to an 'after midnight caller' seeking advice and guidance. I saw distraught husbands and wives get into fist fights that my father had to break up. I saw much, much more and as I saw, I learned.
I love God with all my heart and with all my soul, and at that time, even if I had wanted to change things, it was out of my hands. I say all of this because I do wonder if congregations realize just how much a minister's family must sacrifice.
In my experience, I also learned that the more that people learned about each other in the congregation, the more apt they were to criticize one another. Serving God is very important, for we are indeed His servants.
However, if you find that you are taxed to the max and have little time left to be with your own family, much less any personal time, it's time to stop and take stock.
Try to be a Watchman over your minister as well; if you find that your minister is also maxed-out, see what you can do to help. It may mean canceling a brotherhood meeting so that the men can spend a bit more time with their families.
God wants us to serve Him well, but He also wants us to experience life!
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