Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Comment that made my night...


To follow up my earlier post, the sweetest thing happened tonight that I just have to blog about. Tonight I taught in the evening service, and afterwards, an elderly man approached me and said, "Pastor Deanna, I just want to thank you for being vulnerable and real. It's so nice to go be part of a church where the pastor is so open in the way you teach us and share with us..."

When he said this, Susan was standing right next to me (and I realize she reads my blog every day so she knew about my earlier post) and I said to her, "he has no idea just how much that means...does he?" We just hugged and smiled...

To have an older, very mature man come up and say this really means the world. To see someone particularly in the older generation who has walked with God for a while and appreciates openness and vulnerability to this degree is really refreshing. In the younger generation it's pretty common but to have someone who is up in age say, "thank you for keeping it real..." wow -- it was such a validation.

Several of my church people who are blog readers have commented on my last post and said how much they apppreciate this about me. It makes me realize, if I had to give an estimate I would say about 95% of my particular church probably does really love and appreciate this about Larry and I, but there are a small few who don't. And the issue is, in most churches the "small percentage" have loud mouths. We as leaders need to keep our eyes on the majority.

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