Pastors serve people. People, by nature, are complex and full of intricacies. As an emerging leader and maturing pastor, I am learning to study people. In only 10 months of senior pastoring, I am delighted to announce that I have discovered the secret to straightening people out. This pearl of wisdom was hidden on pages 111-112 of John Maxwell's Developing the Leaders Around You. I'd like to share it with you.
"The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. You're probably wondering why most leaders don't take this final step. They don't because it's hard work. I once heard a story of a preacher who quit the ministry after twenty years and became a funeral director. When asked why he made the change, he replied, 'Well, I spent three years trying to straighten out Fred, and Fred is still an alcoholic. And I spent six months trying to straighten out Susan's marriage, and she filed for divorce. Then I spent over two and a half years trying to straighten out Bob's drug problem, and he's still an addict. Now at the funeral home, when I straighten them out - they stay straight.'"
So, what's the secret to straightening people out? We can't! But, we can be patient with people as God straightens us all out.