Yesterday at the Preacher Coffee Drinking and Complaining Meeting (held each Wednesday at the same place, same time and same preachers, mostly) one of the preachers looked me in the eye and said, "One of the things I've learned from you is to be more gracious."
Boys and Girls, I am horrified.
I am my worst self at that group: confrontational, sarcastic, interrupting, cackle-laughing.
If my graciousness filters through, I am amazed.
The group is a place for each of us to tell what we want to tell, let down our proverbial hair and know that what we say stays in the group. Ok, so I quote another member above. I think this is ok.
My dear preaching pals, please find a group like this for yourselves. The steam I blow off at the group is safe with my group. Listening to other pastors helps me understand them and myself.
I go to group every week regardless of my schedule or health. Go ye, and do likewise.