A sorrowful pastor had to resign the church. Some wanted him to stay, but the cantankerous majority, whom no pastor had ever pleased, succeeded in forcing his departure. These people had said and done many hurtful things to him and his family. A few days later, thinking the worst was all behind him, he received a small package in the mail from this divisive and “mean-spirited” group. When he opened the package, he found an empty wristwatch, with a note inside, that read, “If you ever come back we will give you the works!” (Ouch!).1
Rejection is nothing new. Even Paul stated, “Alexander, the coppersmith, did me great wrongs. The Lord will pay him back for his actions. At my first trial, no one acted in my defense, or took my part, or [even] stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me” (2 Timothy 4:14, 16, 17).
“There is one good thing about being a pastor and leaving a congregation. You can leave knowing that you have pleased everybody. You please some when you come, some when you’re there, and some when you leave.”2
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- Dr. Robert B. Somerville, Christian Clippings, P. O. Box 3867, Holiday, FL, 34692, October 2003