God and Going Postal

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Postage has gone up.

(Yay.)

I recently came across a story in blogdom that might make this a good thing. Turns out, a pastor was sick, tired and fed up with ministry. It was late on Sunday after a full day of preaching and he felt yet again that he was facing a bunch of zombies and malcontents and he had had enough, thank you very much. So he sat right down and wrote his congregants a letter. It wasn’t exactly a letter of resignation but he did confess, “Perhaps my work here is finished.”

Where was his wife in this? No, she wasn’t telling him to pray on it, sleep on it, see if he feels differently in the morning. She wasn’t giving the poor man any of those tender, wifely “suck it up, mister” speeches. No-o, rather she was pulling the letters out of the printer, stuffing them in envelopes and addressing each one by hand! Then, before midnight, she was at the post office opening the central mailbox of their town and dropping the stacks of letters inside.

Later the next day, all of the letters found their way back to the church office. Not realizing postage had gone up overnight, the poor pastor was shocked to find they were returned to sender, marked “undeliverable” because there was not enough postage!

“This isn’t funny, Lord,” he railed to the ceiling. Then he busted out laughing.

Shamed by his own impulsiveness, that pastor thanked God that that day, of all days, the post office had decided to raise the price of a stamp and quite possibly saved his job.

The next time you want to quit, ask yourself:

(1) who am I doing this for? Myself? Or the Lord?
(2) who stands to lose the most if I quit?
(3) exactly how have I arrived at this decision?
(4) have I sought counsel from those who would tell me the truth? (avoiding them tells a lot)
(5) will this decision deepen my character, or betray it?
(6) is this decision best for the long-term, or short-term?
(7) will intimacy with Christ grow? Or wane?

Do you have any other questions worth asking?

Comments

  1. says

    That is a God Moment for sure! It surely shows that God has a sense of humor and knows what He is doing.

    My pastor is a very good delegator (is that a word?) and is not afraid to ask for help. Also, he knows he can’t do it all himself and credits the congregation for the ministries and growth in the church. He gets down, too, but gives us the opportunity to lift him up and encourage Him. We cannot let Satan have his way!

  2. says

    How blessed your pastor is to have congregants like yourself who are supportive, caring and understanding. I am blessed with the same people in mine!

    Laurie, your website is lovely and your testimony through hearing loss is quite moving! May the Lord bless you as you serve Him, knowing although there is loss in life, in Christ it is always great gain because it is for His Name’s sake and glory!

  3. says

    Laurie, I was almost deaf in my left ear for eight years, so I know the incredible rush of hearing in “stereo” again! My issues were different than yours–my inner ear bones were broken and my eardrums were perforated, so I’m all prosthetic now (my new eardrums are made of my own tissue, but the bones are plastic).

    I’ll tell ya, once I went from one so-so ear to two really good ears, it was a lot easier to find harmonies when I was singing alto in the worship band!

  4. says

    One more thought about this pastor. . .if he had only mailed ONE letter with the wrong postage, the post office would probably have mailed it!

    Thank you for your kind words and thoughts on my blog and hearing loss. I started my blog as a way to communicate to my family and friends because I couldn’t keep up with the emails. But, now it has become my story and testimony. I never ever dreamed I would be able to hear this good in my lifetime. God is truly good!

    Mandy, my next goal in life is to learn how to sing! I would like to take voice lessons!

    I’m not sure how I found your blog but I enjoy it! Thank you for all you do!

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