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In case you didn’t know it – I’m very emotional.

Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. I’m the kind of guy that cries at shows on the TV. I cry when certain songs are played. I’ve yet to watch It’s a Wonderful Life without crying. I cry at most movies that talk about the death of a parent. I can be found crying while watching The Andy Griffith Show or MASH.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. I like a good belly laugh – hearing jokes or telling them. I like to be around funny people. I have numerous golf jokes and pastor’s jokes if you’d like to hear them.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. I enjoy expressing my love for my wife – for my children – and for my grandchildren. I love hugs and my granddaughters give the best hugs. I drive my brother crazy when I tell him I love him.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. I have a hard time at funerals – often shedding tears right along with the family. I remember doing the funeral of my brother’s future (that week) father-in-law and losing it in the midst of the service. I had known that man my whole life and knowing the emotions of that week got to me.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. Today’s passage is one thing that makes being a pastor hard. Romans 12:15 – Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. Rejoicing with those who rejoice is pretty easy – most times. For instance – we had two little ones baptized this past Sunday and rejoicing with their families and friends was fun. The sister was a little older and was really into the baptism. She was excited and gave me a big hug afterward. The baby was amazing and didn’t like the water running down his face – but he quickly settled down. It was a great morning to share with them – during our joint worship service with the Sanctuary nearly full.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. The part that is hard – being a pastor and one who is very emotional – is the mourning part. Mourning deaths – broken marriages – children in trouble – folks battling drugs – and more. I have a hard time having one foot in and one foot out of these situations. I’m usually totally engaged – and it takes its toll on my heart and on my spirit.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. Yet this the world God has called me into as a pastor and – believe it or not – God has called all of us into it too. We are all called to Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Can we be happy with others are happy – even if it is during a time when we are sad or jealous? Can we mourn with those who have pain – even when all of life is going our way or our life too is on the rocks? It is called being family – being children of God. We are called to care about one another!

By-the-way – pray for your pastor. We need your prayers. We may – at times – seem like we have it all together – but believe me – we don’t. We need prayer and we need support – just like anyone else. The emotions of counseling – funerals – marriages in trouble – crisis situations and more can weigh heavy on us. We need you!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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July 30, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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