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A Word of Encouragement to Clergy from Morris

Some of you may be aware that I was involved in a pretty terrible bicycle accident this summer. Thankfully no bones were broken and there was no concussion. I did take a trip to the emergency room and needed 26 stitches in my face. Fortunately, those scars are well on their way to healing. What I am very much aware of, however, is the way the accident has impacted my desire to ride again. In short, what I’ve learned is that thinking about riding well is very different from thinking about not falling. It robs you of the joy of the experience and makes you hesitant about every aspect of it. I hope to be able to overcome this and ride like I used to. What will that take? I need to remember why I got into the sport in the first place and be reminded of all the things l love about it. I also have come to understand that riding with others gives me encouragement that I will need in the journey. My prayer is by doing those things and being patient, I can get back in the saddle again on a regular basis with all it means for my health and my life. It won’t surprise you to know that I relate all of this to the experience of doing ministry. I think most people go into the ministry ready to lay down their lives for the cause of the gospel. But I’m certain there are pastors who experience seasons in ministry when they pull back. There have been one too many plans that despite their best efforts “fell on their face”. They didn’t have the people, they didn’t have the money, or more often they couldn’t get people around them who could catch a vision for what God had put on their heart. So, all of that leaves scars that cause them to become hesitant to risk getting back in the saddle again. How are those scars that no one sees healed? In the same way that I hope to get back in the saddle. By being reminded of why you got into this in the first place. By remembering your call and the passion that caused you to choose ministry. And by creating relationships that can offer support and encouragement in the journey of ministry. We are safer and stronger when we don’t ride alone. Ministry is hard enough to begin with. Add to that the challenges of doing ministry in today’s context. It’s no surprise we’re all a bit banged up. But the work is still important and the world still needs the great good news God has called you to offer. Lead with confidence and joy. Stay in the saddle knowing that by the grace of God you have the strength to overcome the headwinds and take on the next hill. I’m grateful for every one of you. 




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