As a parent, I have to wonder sometimes during church whether my 15-year-old son, Christopher, is truly hearing what the Pastor is speaking in reference to. He doesn’t say much about anything. We do devotionals in the morning while eating breakfast … we read a chapter of Proverbs together before we turn in for the night so that we go to sleep with good things in our heads … we pray each morning at school before he gets out of the car … AND, I do a lot of witnessing to him, talking with him about this or that, but again, how much is he truly soaking in?
Christopher does not have many opportunities to have one-on-ones with our Pastor. Sure, he sees the Pastor periodically crossing paths or at an event, but to sit and truly talk with the Pastor is a very rare opportunity. The only real time Christopher sees the Pastor or is involved with him is during church on Sunday and only to the extent of listening to the message being delivered by Pastor on any given Sunday.
With this being said, my son said something to me this past week that truly spoke volumes. It was a true testament of the influence that Pastor is having on my son through his messages. My son is listening and the Pastor is penetrating Christopher’s mind. What Pastor is delivering to his congregation is not going in one ear and out the other. He is giving my son things to contemplate and ponder during his free time, and better yet, Christopher is thinking of what is being said. Let me explain …
Christopher attends a private Christian school. Once a week, they have what is referred to as “Chapel”. During this time, the school has a guest speaker come to the school and speak with the students. All of the messages, of course, are geared towards our walk with God and the future plans we should be developing based on God’s will for our life.
This particular day we were driving home from school, not really talking about anything in particular, but just chatting about this and that. We were not even discussing school at all or church. Out of the clear blue, Christopher said to me, “Mom, do you think the Pastor would come and speak to my school?” I really did not know how to respond to this, but I did say, “Why would you want him to?” His response to me was, “I really think the Pastor has a lot to share and it would be cool for him to come and speak at my school.”
I was so moved that he even thought about the Pastor at all, much less with such reverence. Let’s get real … how much does a 15-year-old boy think about outside of having fun? The fact that Pastor was having such an impact on my son was powerful to me. Moreso, I think it is a true testament to my Pastor’s ability to reach his congregants regardless of age. This was so meaningful to me and just confirmed some things I have been struggling with lately. It was a confirmation I needed to hear for reassurance as a parent, but more than anything, it is a prime example of how we never know how we are influencing the lives of others.
This happens to be Pastor Appreciation week at our church, and the thought that this occurred now was pretty ironic … or was it????
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