I am sharing this with elders.
This is especially for new staff members; for older staff members like me and Karen who will always be a year older than me already know how we pray and labor to try to make the season bright for everybody else and catch a lot of everything but heaven along the way.
Anyway, as I've said, this is among the worst parts of the year for church employees.
Depressed people are more depressed, angry people are more angry, unforgiving people are more unforgiving, speck-inspectors (see 12/8/17 www.koppdisclosure.com post) are miserable about their log-filled lives and transferring it to anyone who's handy, and everybody expects you to save their children and make the season bright for them and it's your fault if you don't, etc., etc., etc.
It happens every year; or, at least, I've seen it for a long time.
In other words, don't take the irregularity, irascibility, and irreconcilability that personally; and don't hesitate to come see me for a cup of caffeine, chat, and prayer.
I praise God for you and I am here for you during one of the most difficult times in church life.
Yes, our family of faith on the corner of Lincoln and Main is much better than most; and while I know that because I do a lot of parochial and ecumenical consulting and I'm not stuck in the ghetto of thinking nobody's as good or bad as us on any given day, we are not immune to pejorative pathologies being transferred to nicer folks like you.
Or, maybe, just come to me for continuing education on original sin.
Get closer to Jesus and He will make the season bright for you too!
Blessings and Love!
Shatter the sound of silence!
Wake up! Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus!
Salt! Shine! Leavenate!
Thanks for this. Your 3rd paragraph explains a lot of why I am the dog that keeps getting kicked by the same person in our congregation who won't listen to reason but has her mind made up no matter and I think has influenced some of the other women in our church to give me the cold shoulder as well. It always catches me by surprise and I pray that I could only humor her and respond in a more Godly way but it hurts so much. I had just prayed to God to take these hurts on his shoulders so that they would not accumulate and stop me from being the person He wants me to be. I felt relieved until along came another kick. I feel defeated in being a Christian and living the Christian life. And I think of Christ not answering his accusers.
Perhaps we should assign each of the "Christmas cheer" givers you describe a chance to provide real Christmas cheer by ringing a Red Bucket bell or helping with the numerous opportunities to help the less fortunate with food and toy distributions like the one beginning today just up the street from Main and Lincoln! Hope you are well and truly enjoying the blessed time of the year,
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