On the way over the church to drop off mileage for July on today, my day off, a thought occurred to me. I think people forget that this is my job - that being a pastor is how I support my family, and that I do take days off, that I look forward to vacation even while I enjoy being a pastor.
Being a Pastor does not define who I am.
This is the thought that has been bouncing around my head. Being a pastor is a large part of my life - but it doesn't define me. We aren't defined by what we do - we are defined by the gifts we have received from God.
I have received the gift of faith and salvation from Christ. That defines who I am throughout all eternity.
I have been given a wonderful gift in my wife. My tombstone will reference her - I don't know if it will mention "Rev" - but it will mention me bride. I am defined by her.
I have been given a wonderful gift in my parents. All the days of my life I shall be defined as their son.
And yes, I am defined by the gift of the office to which I have been called to serve God's people - but there are others things that define who I am more so - and perhaps God will gift me with other definitional things - some that are above and beyond being a pastor (mayhaps I will be gifted to be a father one day), some that are alongside (mayhaps one day I will have a doctorate and teach, mayhaps I will become a househusband and devote myself to the care and education of my children, mayhaps I will have a stroke and have the gift of providing employment to folks in long term care).
But chiefly I am defined by Christ, who has claimed me as His own. It's not about what I do, who I am. It's about who He is and what He has seen fit to given to me. Thanks be to God for all His blessings freely given!