there is an interesting thing that happens to me as I go through this life
apparently as a pastor I carry around this thing that I like to call pastor-guilt
and it's not what you'd expect that to be
it's not me, as a pastor carrying around guilt, rather it's how I obviously make people feel
it goes like this...
I run into someone I haven't seen in awhile and stop to see how they're doing and catch up on life
now, if this persons knows/remembers that I'm a pastor - they'll go into this rambling of guilt-ridden prose
"oh yeah, I know that I haven't been to church in a while"
"I've been doing this and that..."
"I've really been meaning to do this"
I never know quite how to respond
it makes me feel bad actually - making people feel guilty just at that sight of me - yikes
so, in an effort to avoid these situations in the future, let me say this:
- do good
- do those things you feel compelled to do
- don't let guilt run your life
- do right by God
- if you're feeling guilty about something, maybe there is something to it - but please, don't place it on me
- I honestly just want to know how you're doing
but maybe you already told me