Just Not When It Mattered

Blog & Mablog | 12/14/2019 | Staff
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Jack was in many ways an ideal parishioner. He was married, gainfully employed, and with two young children in upper elementary school. He was happily married, and conscientious in church attendance. In addition to this, he was the kind of church member who would diligently seek out pastoral counsel. If he had a situation with one of his kids, or a challenge at an upcoming family reunion, or a difficulty at work, he would schedule a visit with the pastor, and seek counsel on how to address it. He was the kind of sheep who sought out the shepherd; the shepherd did not need to go looking for him. And invariably, the counsel would fit with what he was already inclined to do, or was seeking to do.

In other words, he diligently sought counsel and help when he didn’t really need it. And, as might be expected, he discontinued seeking counsel as soon as a situation arose where he did really need it.

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