Jump directly to the Content

LET THERE BE WIT & WISDOM, WEEKLY

After six days, God's creation was done. But for pastors…

After six days, God's creation was done. But for pastors . . .

There is an old story about a mother who walks in on her six-year-old son and finds him sobbing.

"What's the matter?" she asks.

"I've just figured out how to tie my shoes."

"Well, honey, that's wonderful."

Being a wise mother, she recognizes his victory in the Eriksonian struggle of autonomy versus doubt: "You're growing up, but why are you crying?"

"Because," he says, "now I'll have to do it every day for the rest of my life."

Preaching is like that. Sundays just keep coming. Like the Energizer[IS1](r) power bunny. Like death and taxes and Slim Whitman Christmas albums. Some months, every other day is a Sunday.

One of the most celebrated of all "I Love Lucy" episodes features Lucy wrapping candy as it passes on a conveyer belt. In the mistaken belief that Lucy is handling the candy with competence, her supervise throttles the conveyor belt up to warp speed. An occasional piece of candy gets wrapped, but most of them end up getting ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

October
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
THE JOY OF INEFFICIENT PRAYER
THE JOY OF INEFFICIENT PRAYER
Conversations with God can wander into wonder.
From the Magazine
After the Boomers, New Leaders Bring New Life to the Vineyard
After the Boomers, New Leaders Bring New Life to the Vineyard
The next generation of charismatic pastors doesn’t want authority but collaboration—and communities ready to follow the Spirit.
Editor's Pick
What We Lose When We Livestream
What We Lose When We Livestream
Do our online viewers truly realize what they’re missing?
close