I was reading a blog the other day by a pastor I have grown to respect over the past couple years by the name of Perry Noble. He’s different YES… he’s eccentric YES… he’s sometimes demonstrative YES… but he is unapologetically and emphatically in love with JESUS…and I have grown to respect him for it. His unapologetic approach to ministry is contagiously impactful. I believe God is using him to reach the nations and he is doing it in a big way.
He stated in his blog post that he heard on sports talk radio from a former athlete that, “The best football players are the ones who are not afraid to take a hit.” He went on to say that later in the week he heard something very similar in regards to hockey players. Then Pastor Perry wrote, “I began to think about being a pastor, and the more I reflect on it the more I believe that the most effective pastors are the ones who are not afraid to take a hit.”
You know what? It got me thinking. He is so right. But I don’t think this just applies to pastors. I believe this applies to every person who calls themselves a Christ follower. You are going to take hits — period. People will mis-quote you, mis-represent you, mis-understand you. People will accuse you of having wrong motives. People will talk about your family. People will point things out in your life they feel is ungodly. Every single area of your life will be under scrutiny. Your life will be under a microscope.
The question that I woke up to this morning was… what kind of man, follower, husband, father, pastor are you Shawn? Can you take a hit? You can’t pray this stuff away. It comes with the calling. It comes with being a Christ follower. It’s part of the deal… and in the words of my boy Perry Noble, “Eternity is too long, hell is too hot and we do not have enough time to become obsessed with people who know nothing about us to try to define us. “
You got that right brother. The only one we should be obsessing over is JESUS and the work He did on the cross. Crazy how we get caught up in the trivialities of other people’s mis-conception of us. You know who has a clear picture of who we are? JESUS! Maybe we should get caught up in Him.
Stop being distracted by criticisms or lies being spread about you or your name. Expect it. It’s the game of life. You will take hits. Toughen up buttercup.
I’ll close with a quote from Abraham Lincoln just as Perry did in his blog.
“If I tried to read, much less answer, all the criticisms made of me and all the attacks leveled against me, this office would have to be closed for all other business. I do the best I know how-the very best I can-and I mean to keep on doing this down to the very end. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I had been right would make no difference. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me now will not amount to anything.”
Start Reading Pastor Perry Noble’s Blog. You won’t be disappointed you did.