Monday, October 18, 2010

Brady Boyd: 10 things I wish someone had told me

1. Sheep bites can’t kill me, but the gnawing will make life miserable a few days each year.

2. No matter how hard I try, I will always be tempted to measure my success by attendance numbers.

3. The best thing I can do to build and grow God’s kingdom is to be myself and not compare myself to others.

4. It takes a long time to become old friends so nurture and cherish the old friendships God has given me.

5. I will only have as much spiritual authority as I am willing to submit to myself. Independence will destroy me but there is power in submission.

6. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Challenge people to go deeper even when the message is unpopular.

7. My brain will always feel like scrambled eggs on Sunday afternoon so don’t make any major decisions until Tuesday morning.

8. Some people will only trust you after a really long time of proving yourself and another group will never trust you no matter what you do.

9. Don’t feel guilty about taking a Sabbath. It was not a suggestion.

10. I will never regret spending time with my family instead of saying yes to a church meeting that someone else could lead.



Samuel Sutter said...

"Sheep bites can’t kill me, but the gnawing will make life miserable a few days each year" - someone needs to make a t-shirt... i'd wear it.

Scott said...

Absolutely wonderful list. After 20 years as a pastor, I wholeheartedly agree with all 10! Hope you don't mind me hanging this in my office and sharing with others through blogs, etc. Great words. Bless you, brother. SDG

(and the T-shirt idea isn't bad, either!)

Anonymous said...

Amen, amen, amen especially to #8. As an elder I've learned this the hard way and boy is it painful not to be trusted. But I'm learning it's not always personal, some people (actually a lot of people) are naturally suspicious and are not easily given to accepting others, particularly those different from them or those who do not measure up to their views of what clergy, leaders, etc. should look like and act like.