A tale of 2 pastors

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity… – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

I rode in the front seat while he leaned forward in the back of a cab one night in Dallas on our way back to the hotel. We were speaking at a conference together. I was leading a tiny breakout. He was a main-stage ‘rock star’ preacher.

As we talked, he expressed a genuine interest in the ministry I was a part of. About my family. He was concerned for what concerned me. Genuinely interested in being a small part of the solution. Genuinely interested in encouraging me. In listening, learning, and growing.

Someone at some point in some city at some conference told him he was awesome. Gifted. That he was a once-in-a-generation leader. In that moment, and in a thousand moments since, he reminded himself of his utter dependency on God.

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Passing him in the hallway of the church he led, I stole a moment to say hey, and build a relationship.

He was insistent that I know how many speaking gigs he had coming up. About his blog. His book. His endorsers. His mentors. The mega churches he has influenced. The conferences he’s led. The people he’s gathered. The miles he’s traveled. The way I could help him.

Someone at some point in some city at some conference told him he was awesome. Gifted. That he was a once-in-a-generation leader. In that moment, and in a thousand moments since, he reminded himself…that they were right.

Which one do you want to be?

 

Christ follower, husband, father, writer, small groups pastor at Saddleback Community Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.

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  • http://ThatGuyKC.com/ ThatGuyKC

    Humility is underrated.

  • Joshua Woodlief

    This is so good…

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    While our human nature wants to make it all about us, it really is all about Him. God made this real to me over the summer when I was speaking at a summer camp in Czech. I was the least titled, least experienced speaker there. My main stage talk was the first day, so they didn’t even have a podium set up yet. I was off preaching at a friends church the night they thanked my team for being there and I missed it. But I am still hearing from youth how I impacted them that weekend. I didn’t stay in the fancy hotel with the other teams, I didn’t make a fuss about what I needed, I just relied on God and He made the impact. It was a humbling moment to say the least.

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

    Very powerful. I’ve watched the downfall of Pastor #2. So sad when eyes drift away from the gift giver. We are all susceptible to it too. Thanks for sharing…referred by Larry Hehn.