One of the blessings of being a pastor is getting to know people and this increases joy. At the same time, getting to know people is a curse as you suffer with them.
Scripture talks about bearing your burden and allowing Christ to help you so you can help others bear theirs. People have burdens. When you get to know people you get to know their burdens.
It’s so sad what happens in life. It beats you down and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. You sit and watch. You watch and pray.
The easy answer is to deceive ourselves and pretend everything is happy. And, when reality crushes that, we get busy trying to distract ourselves. If you are always telling people you are “busy,” your life is not being lived right.
“The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else—we are the busiest people in the world.” So says Eric Hoffer, who was a wise man.
Life stinks. Romans 8 says we groan and suffer in this life waiting for the adoption of our bodies. Christ endured the cross for the joy set before Him. We endure life for Christ’s joy, not fully realized until later.
We’re not here for ourselves. We’re not here to make ourselves happy. We’re not here to be busy. We’re here for others. To love one another, because you’re dying and dying people want to be loved.