The first is entitled “Eleven Things You Might Not Understand About Your Minister“, and the second is titled “The Secret Pain of Pastors“.
I write about this today partially because it seems to be a common thread among many of my friends in ministry recently, and partially because I think it is really important for members of any congregation to be aware of: pastors are people. Ministers make mistakes. Nobody is more than human, and yet we all get to be loved.
Recently, while I was stressing out about a handful of work-related crises and projects and ordering curriculum and writing a sermon and finishing up the high school youth group trip, a person I love dearly reminded me to “be gentle with myself”. It was a message I needed to hear in that moment, and must remember every day.
There is something/someone to be grateful for every day!
Be gentle with yourselves. Be gentle with others. You are loved.
Best of luck, and be good to other humans.