Have you ever seen the writing on the wall and realized it was about you?
Over a few years, we had been watching the income of our church decline. It came to the point where the percentage of income given to staffing was too high. I knew the conversation had to be coming and I think it was actually harder on my Lead Pastor then me:)
You often hear horror stories of the way staff members are treated when they have to be let go but this was certainly not the case with me. They gave me a very generous amount of time to seek another position and for that I was very grateful.
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!” (Luke 12:24)
And so it began:)
“Transition – the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.”
The emails were sent to our District Leaders and other pastors asking for prayer as we started the transition journey.
After the emails came the coffee times of the same purpose.
I was sitting in Starbucks with a Bible College friend and we were talking over the whole situation and he asked me a question that threw me a bit, “How’s your soul?”
In all my conversations up until that point I had never been asked that question and to be fair if the roles had been reversed I probably would not have thought to ask, “How’s your soul?” The answer was, “My soul is doing fine?”
Was I unsettled about the future? Sure, how could I not be but my soul was fine.
Asking, “How’s your soul?” is really a question of where’s your trust, where’s your dependence?
Are you the one who is going to make this work?
Or are you looking to Him for provision?
Is your trust only during sunny days or can you trust Him in uncertainty?
So let me ask you, with the biggest challenge you are facing today?
“How’s your soul?”
Are you good, bitter, confused, mad or sick of it all?
Joshua Reich has some good advice for when your soul is tired and weary.
Next time you are sitting for coffee with someone who is going through a tough time make sure and take time to ask, “How’s your soul?”
I’m sure they will appreciate it as much as I did at that Starbucks last year.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.