Interruptions, Vexations, and Disappointments

I recently read this quote from The Minister as Shepherd by Charles Jefferson. I found it to be provoking and challenging to me as a pastor but it applies to all Christians too.

The shepherd grows in patience. As long as he lives, his work makes heavy demands on his powers of endurance, but they respond to the call. The work of a shepherd is full of interruptions, vexations, and disappointments, but these try his soul and refine it.? In working with human nature a man gets something of the patience of a mother. He is not daunted by a score of failures. He does not surrender to apparent defeat. If doing the thing nineteen times is not sufficient, he is willing to do it the twentieth time.

May we all be as patient as a mother with each other (I know mothers aren’t always patient, but go with the simile). ?May we be undaunted by the failures of our brothers and sisters and keep bearing with each other. After all, hasn’t God been patient, forbearing, and long-suffering with each of us?

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.