Today may be the last.

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Today, you may find yourself in a place so simple, a squalid building, with no air conditioning, no whimsical musical equipment, an old pulpit, low-tech microphones, and the same old routines… But may you realize that today, you are already in the best place you could ever be.

You may not like everything you see now, but soon, when you’re gone, when you’re already far away from all the things you now endure looking at, using, or doing, you’ll realize that you’ve already been in the exact place you’ve been praying for all this time. You would wish you could turn back time, but that’s never gonna happen. Thus, while you’re there, savor every moment.

Give your heart. Give your time. Give your undivided attention. Give yourself. Give your all.
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You do not have all the time. Today may be the last time you could sing, dance, play the guitar, listen to the Word, place your tithes in the offering box, share your testimony, and shake the hands of your churchmates while telling them that you’re happy to have them.

Today may be the last.

No high-paying profession, no material things, no opportunity to travel and witness wonderful views first-hand, and no great achievement or noble dream of yours could ever compare to being in the very heart of God.

You have been enlisted in God’s service. You are serving the King of kings.

Stick with God. Don’t leave. Never even think about it. The grass may be greener on the other side, but remember that the One who made that seemingly greener pasture has perfectly placed you where you are now.

He’s got great plans, which absolutely are way better than yours.

If today, you are already part of a ministry, or you are in a church where Jesus is preached, hang in there. You’re in the right place. However, please don’t just stay. Listen to Him. Really listen. Live out His Word at home, at school, at work, and in the streets. Remain in His presence during indoor church gatherings and when you’re outside of church studying or working. Grow. Don’t get stuck. Avoid all distractions.

Fall in love with Him before you go looking for someone else to give your love away.

Today, you could be anywhere else; but God is so good that He’s brought you exactly where you are because He thinks that’s where you need to be…. only a breath away from Him.

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To The Youth Leaders

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I’ll always be astounded by how God works in our hearts enabling us to put others before ourselves because for many (including myself), it doesn’t come by default. These people, they don’t get paid to do this—almost every week, they meet to discuss ways to draw young people to Christ; there have been times when they would go hungry when funds were not enough; they sacrifice time with family, friends, and rest; they endure scoldings from parents for doing church stuff; add to all these their being underappreciated. Some of them hold full-time jobs, the rest are students—meaning their hands are already full, but despite it all, here they are, pouring their hearts out…

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“Dear Youth Leaders, know that what you do is creating an impact so great that it can turn things around for so many young people out there. I, for one, know that doesn’t seem like so most of the time, but your impassioned endeavors are changing lives everywhere. Keep at it!” 

Book Review: The Secret Life Of A Pastor

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Book Title: The Secret Life Of A Pastor (and other intimate letters on ministry)
Author: Michael A. Milton


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I am not a pastor and I do not know if I ever will be, but this book has encouraged me to be one. This work has touched my heart countless times. I have wiped my tears as often during the read. I felt the shepherd’s heart of the author. It has encouraged me to continue serving God in all ways possible. It has made me realize how blessed and privileged I am to have been serving God to date. My heart brims with gratefulness.

This made me understand more what pastors are going through–the joy and the pain that come with the territory. I learned to appreciate and respect pastors more through this work. This even made me admire them.

If you’re not into reading letters, this will change how you view correspondence. You’ll realize that reading them is not boring at all. You’ll find yourself here. This will reaffirm that you’re not alone in your journey, and you’ll be glad that you’re in one.

It has taught me that love really goes a long way and must be our motivation in everything we do as we serve God.

I obtained a number of priceless reminders about doing ministry. Reading these letters was like sitting before and having a chat with a mentor who’s been there and done that but someone who’s grounded on God.

I love this work with “Broken Cisterns: A Word Of Counsel On The Matter Of Pastoral Self Care” as my favorite chapter.

Oh how I loved the author’s encounter with Dr. Eckley.

The author emphasized how important prayer is, which I liked. This also caused me to think about my “one sermon.”

By presenting 8 reasons, this book expounds the necessity of Expository Preaching.

I highly recommend this work to pastors, to church leaders, and to those wanting to be pastors someday though this work will not only benefit the aforementioned.

The publisher, Christian Focus, has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through Cross Focused Reviews.

Purchase The Secret Life Of A Pastor on Amazon.com.