pastor-guilt

there is an interesting thing that happens to me as I go through this life

apparently as a pastor I carry around this thing that I like to call pastor-guilt

and it’s not what you’d expect that to be

it’s not me, as a pastor carrying around guilt, rather it’s how I obviously make people feel

it goes like this…

I run into someone I haven’t seen in awhile and stop to see how they’re doing and catch up on life

now, if this persons knows/remembers that I’m a pastor – they’ll go into this rambling of guilt-ridden prose

“oh yeah, I know that I haven’t been to church in a while”
“I’ve been doing this and that…”
“I’ve really been meaning to do this

I never know quite how to respond

it makes me feel bad actually – making people feel guilty just at that sight of me – yikes

so, in an effort to avoid these situations in the future, let me say this:
– do good
– do those things you feel compelled to do
– don’t let guilt run your life
– do right by God
– if you’re feeling guilty about something, maybe there is something to it – but please, don’t place it on me
– I honestly just want to know how you’re doing

but maybe you already told me

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