Thoughts About Being an Elder

Tomorrow is Columbus Day. I once read about what Christopher Columbus accomplished. It is quite amazing! First, when he left Spain, he didn’t know where he was going. Second, when he arrived in the New World, he didn’t know where he was. Third, when he returned to Ferdinand in his court, he didn’t know where he had been. A lot of times I feel like that as an elder and some of the things we deal with. There was an old insurance commercial that had a jingle, The No Problem People. If you have a problem they would solve it – no problem. In dealing with insurance matters it is nice to have a company that deals with your issues – no problem. I dream of a church full of no problem people! I believe in the Bible. I believe what Paul says in 1 Cor 6:5 that there should be someone in the church wise enough to settle issues between members (yes – that verse is in the Bible)! To this point, I have not attained such wisdom. We should talk to those who offend us. Most want the elders to talk for them, so rather than go to the individual they go to the elders. I have people say to me, Can’t you just talk to… If all matters could be solve by just talking to someone. It can be frustrating. Often, people see only their side. Often, people are not reasonable – I am the only reasonable person in the church. Often, people don’t want to solve issues – they actually enjoy being miserable. Sadly, often people put their own agendas above what is right or good for the entire church. Often, people get mad. Have you ever tried to reason with a mad person? I could go on… but just wanted to say what Kermit the Frog would say, It’s not easy being green, well, it’s not easy being an elder. We seek your prayers. Find room on your prayer list. If you do not have room, make room. One coworker in an office was having trouble with another coworker. She confided in a friend who she knew practiced prayer. In fact, she had a list she carried everywhere of the 10 people she felt needed prayer the most. She asked this friend if there was room on her list. She said, Oh yes, three of the people I pray for have died! Pray for this church!