Another reason pastoring makes your life weird

Posted: December 23, 2010 in church
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You would think that living your life day in and day out in the church that feeling like you have missed Christmas would be impossible.  This however, is exactly where I find myself right now.  For the majority of the church going folk in the world, the advent season is a great celebration leading to the big crecendo of it all on Christmas day.  Everything builds on everything else and it would be impossible for Christmas to just sneak up on you like it is just any other day of the year.  My problem however is that I live on a different calendar than the rest of the members of our church.

I work ahead.  As I write this I have spent my afternoon preparing for my sermon on January 23 – that is five Sundays from now.  I prepared my advent series well over a month ago already, and in many ways already feel like Christmas has come and gone.  When I am in the midst of preparing a message it is all I think about and I live in the midst of it.  I would like to think that I can get myself fully back into that place in my mind when I finally present the message, but the truth is I have spend all week preparing to preach on something else and it is only a small part of my week going over what I have previously prepared to preach on that coming Sunday.  For me in many ways I lived Christmas sometime back in November and it is already a memory to me now.  Just one more example how being a pastor makes life distinguishably weird from the rest of those folks out there.

If you see me in the next week or two wish me a Happy Valentine’s Day and I will likely be right with you.

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Comments
  1. SLK says:

    Ben:
    This is certainly a challenge for pastors who work quite far ahead. You have described it well.
    Wouldn’t it be interesting if this power to experience life weeks ahead of time applied to some of the non-pastor parts of your life; then you could tell us if your Bears make it to the SuperBowl.

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