Not posting a sermon this week because the one I’ve got is kinda blah. I’ve been working on it for a while and it’s just not what I want… but there you go. I’ll keep working a bit more, but I doubt it will be fabulous this week.
You know, that is one of the most disappointing things when you are a pastor: working hard on a sermon and it just been so-so. If it were a complete fail, we’ll that’s one thing. I could always say I didn’t work hard enough and use it as an impetus to put in more effort or time the next week. Or perhaps I might even be able to see it as a way to better figure out how to get out of the way of the Spirit preaching through me. But when it’s just a meh kinda sermon, that’s the most disappointing of all.
In the second lesson for this Sunday St Paul writes, “Woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel!” (1 Cor 9:16-23) No pressure, right? We’ll, St Paul, I counter with your very own words from another epistle to the same town, “Therefore since it is by God’s mercy we are engaged in this ministry we shall not lose heart.” (2 Cor 4:1)
Maybe proclaiming the gospel just can’t always be about doing it perfectly every time… even if I really want it to be. Maybe it is about doing the very best I can and being grateful for the chance every single time.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary and the young will fall exhausted, but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)