I have been a minister almost thirty years. That is thirty years of sermons, classes, conversations, funerals, weddings, and — meetings. Much of my work really does energize me. Here are a few things I love about what I do:
I love the sense of being on the edge. For me, preaching/teaching is not a casual moment where one kind of yawns his way through some material to be presented. How can a person be cavalier when speaking about the things of God? There is far too much at stake. After all, for all of the discussing, debating, etc., that we do regarding its meaning, Scripture remains God’s holy word.
I love the trust factor. There is not a week that goes by that I am not given the privilege to step inside someoneâ€™s heart during a teaching or preaching moment. After all, people have tender places, private places, secret places that they often spend a lifetime avoiding, hiding, or just accepting. The gospel has a way of stepping into those places to heal, confront, forgive, and provide assurance. Hopefully, a preacher will approach this moment as a skilled surgeon (whose goal is life) instead of the grocery store butcher (who usually has another goal with his meat rather than providing life).
I love the sacredness of conversation. Whether it is lunch at Fuddrucker’s or coffee at Starbucks or a conversation in my office, these people give me the gift of their trust (which is both humbling and sobering). These conversations are ongoing. I may have a conversation with a person about a very important matter and not have another significant conversation (on that same level) with that person until a few years later. In a church family, we experience life together through all of its ups and downs.
Finally, I love the opportunity to read, think, question, explore, etc. I find this incredibly stimulating. There is hardly a week that goes by when I do not learn something new. Often, I learn something that really matters.
I’m not going to tell you that everything about my work energizes me. Uhhh — no. There are aspects of my work that I could live without. As with your work (I suspect), there are some days that are draining and demoralizing. There are days when I wonder what on earth was accomplished. Yet, as I just mentioned, there are aspects of my work that are energizing.
What about you? Are there particular aspects of your work that are quite energizing? Or, maybe even unrelated to your work — what do you find particularly energizing in a given day?