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Rob Tims offers some helpful, scripturally-based advice.
I remember the moment as if it was yesterday. I was six years old and it was Christmas with our extended family. We were in the basement living room in our first house on Marberry Lane in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Like most adults, my memories of my childhood are scattered and rosy, probably more hazy recollections than concrete facts. But this memory is as vivid and detailed as any.
The thriving churches of American Christianity are multigenerational, theologically robust, ethnically diverse and connected to the global church. If Jesus is alive — and I believe that he is — he will keep his promise and build his church. But he never promises to do that solely with white, suburban institutional evangelicalism.
I’m not looking for what I can get out of this country; I am looking for what I can give. I don’t expect businesses and government agencies to value the same things I do. I might be limited in the kind of work I can do here because my values are different. But that’s okay, because my goal isn’t to get rich, or to be safe, or to build my career. My goal is to further the gospel.
Motherhood has been less of a journey of personal accomplishments and more an ongoing reminder of my limitations. Call me the best mom, and all I’ll think of are the ways I’m not: my short temper, my texting habit, my homemaking skills that pale in comparison to other mothers I know. The only reason I can do this work that God has called me to is because I don’t do it alone.
I know it’s crazy, but I wish time travel was readily available to the public. Why? Because I’ve got a few things I’d really like to say to the younger version of myself. First, I’d tell myself not to freak out while watching the Steelers in the 1972 AFC Championship game, because Franco Harris, a guy who leads an “Italian army”, will pull off the “Immaculate Reception” in the final 30 seconds of the game. I’d also tell myself that computers are not a passing “fad”, and then I’d mention it may be wise to invest in a little company called “Google”. Oh, and I’d tell myself to eat less pizza and more salads. (Actually, I probably wouldn’t say that at all.)
But I would love to tell my younger self a few things about pastoral ministry. I’ve been doing this pastoral ministry thing for a long time now, over 28 years. Over the decades, I’ve learned some things I wish I would have known as a freshman pastor.