This Christmas Eve I went to church with my older girls, and something interesting happened.
The pastor was a woman who shared a story about her 6 year old son.
She talked about how he didn’t want to be in the play the church was doing. It was kind of funny because he was the pastor’s son, so she had to explain why he should do it without really pushing him to do it.
Then, in the end he was really excited about it because he got a different part that he really wanted to play.
The best part of the story wasn’t the story itself, it was how the pastor delivered it.
I could relate to her as a person and a mother. She was funny when she talked about her son, and when she was speaking, everyone was quiet and listening attentively.
Except for the kids that were laying on my lap and climbing on me of course.
The rest of the sermon was delivered in much the same way. As she spoke, she was talking about concepts from the bible but relating them to life as we know it. She was funny and engaging, and everyone was riveted to her as she talked about how we should be humble and accepting.
At the end of her sermon she told us there were packages by the doors and we should each take one on our way out. The packages were for people in need, and we were supposed to keep them in our car until we saw someone who could use it.
As I listened to her speak that day, I noticed something interesting.
Before I always thought that being a pastor was about faith.
Now I realized that sometimes the message isn’t as important as the way you deliver it.
After all, I’ve heard the same messages in church over and over again for years, and it never impacted me the way this sermon did. But because this pastor delivered it with a lot more meaning, I kept listening, and even took something away from it. Not just the lesson about being humble and accepting, but also about delivering a message in the right way so that the people who need it can take action on it.
What I thought was the most amazing thing about it was that she had come up with such a great way for everyone to implement what she was teaching. She told me what her message was, showed me what it meant to my life, and then gave me a way to practice it right away.
This is what I want to do for you. I want to deliver my message in such a way that you can actually take action on it.
To do that I want to know,
What are you struggling with right now as a working mom?
I want to hear about it, so email me or leave a comment and let me know.
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