This post is written to my wife.
It could be to anyone married to a pastor. It’s hard work.
In fact, I’ve said this before, but the spouse of the pastor may be the most difficult job in the church at times.
But, this one is to my wife. (You’re welcome to read along.)
I’ve also said this before—I have the perfect pastor’s wife. Younger pastor’s wives, if you want to learn how to do it, I’d submit my wife as an example.
Three years ago we ventured out—again—this time into church revitalization. Church planting was hard—God allowed us to be part of two plants—and this would prove to be our toughest assignment. And there have been many in our years together. Some days, especially early when change seemed rapid, Cheryl came home in tears many Sundays because people took the emotions of change out on her instead of me. (I’ve never understood that cowardly move, but it happens.)
Yet, God’s been faithful and Cheryl has been faithful. And, for the overwhelming portion of people, the church has been faithful. I couldn’t have done what I’ve been called to do without all of them.
But, second only to God, Cheryl deserves my applauds. Not that she’d ever expect it. That’s one of the reasons she’s so great—she just faithfully loves and serves others—but because it’s right for me to honor her. And I have this public opportunity, so here goes.
Cheryl, here are 10 “Thank yous” to the pastor’s wife:
Thank you for following me where God leads me—without complaining, or resisting, or refusing to move even though life was very comfortable where we were and the future looked very uncertain where we were going. Truth is, you are usually ready to walk by faith before I am. What a blessing!
Thank you keeping confidences. Thank you for biting your tongue when someone complains or criticizes unjustly. Thank you for knowing more “junk” than most people should, and never sharing it with anyone, yet being my closest confidant.
Thank you for being my biggest encouragement and never making the church wonder where your support is. Even when the message stinks, you pretend it is wonderful! Even if you think I’m doing wrong, your message to others is one of support.
Thank you being a safe place to share—even letting me blow off steam at times. Ministry is hard. I’m glad my wife has big shoulders upon which to cry at times and an incredible faith to point me back where I belong. And guts to tell me when I’m wrong.
Thank you for believing in me—even when no one else does. You were with God and had me in ministry long before I could see what God was doing. You still believe I can do things of which I’m not so confident.
Thank you for knowing me best yet loving me most. OK, contrary to public opinion—you know I’m not perfect. Far from it. Yet, your love is always undeniable. I’m always amazed how you’d rather spend time with me than anyone. I know people in your life far more “fun” than me.
Thank you for putting our marriage before any human relationship. At times, that has meant you had to say no to others so you could say yes to me. Thank you for the sacrifice. Thanks for helping build a marriage and family life the church can easily follow.
Thank you for loving people and Jesus so passionately. The church knows it. Everyone knows it. You fully reflect that in all that you do!
Thank you for being a protection for me.You sense things in people and ministry that I can’t sense. This is why I have you help me interview people. It’s why you have protected me from people who don’t have my best interest at heart. I feel safer with you around.
Thank you for respecting me unconditionally. You understand the frailty of a man’s ego and know it’s my greatest need. And, you fill it completely and consistently.
Thank you for being my pastor’s wife.
Give a shout out to your pastor or minister’s wife/spouse here.
Ron Edmondsonhttp://www.ronedmondson.com/Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he’s been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.