Sometimes you gotta suck it up

It's amazing to me that our church is made up of so many different kinds of people. There are some who have been believers for decades and others who are the newest of new Christ-followers. We have traditionalists and post-moderns (whatever that means...), young, old, singles and families with lots of kids, there are multiple generation families and there are those separated by many miles from those they call family. There are those who put aside Self in favor of others and there are some who still hold so tightly to selfish concerns that nothing else matters. This brings me to a sticking point. There is no way to make everyone happy with regard to music, preaching style, sound volume, temperature, lighting, organizational structure, leadership style, clothing, hair, color of the walls, decorations (or lack thereof)... need I continue. These are all things that people complain to me about at one point or another. Some expect an immediate solution that makes them happy. Others simply want to vent and leave with the belief that they are in the right no matter what. In any organizaion someone has to be in charge and make decisions that people may not like. For the good of the largest group, or for the good of the guest, I make decisions that I can pretty much guarantee will anger someone. I have to come back to the knowledge that God and the leaders of this congregation called me to this place at this time to do this work. And until God tells me to go somewhere else or do something else, this is where I'll be. Oh, that people would come to grips that those in leadership are called to lead and until you are placed in that position, sometimes you just have to suck it up and accept the fact that things may not be the way you would have designed. And rather than complaining, pray for those called to lead and if you must express your opinion do so in love - and we'll try to do the same for you.


1 Response to "Sometimes you gotta suck it up"

julie said... January 31, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Thank you for being more concerned with what God thinks rather than what man thinks. I'm glad you're here as our leader - keep doing what you've been called to do. :)

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