Running on Empty

by John
(Ada. MN USA)

I am at a point where little things in ministry seem to bother me. I am increasingly annoyed by the pettiness of people's complaints. Don't get me wrong - ministry here is going well. It's just the little things that people "bother" me with are increasingly annoying. For example, "We really need more room to put on our choir robes. Why can't we get those tables out of here?" And, "It's cold in Fellowship Hall. Can't we get padded chairs?" Me, "We have some. They're in storage in another room is all." They, "Can you put them out for us?" And, "Why isn't there any coffee on for this evening?"
Again, none of these in and of themselves is anything. I'm to the point where I want to yell, "Isn't there something else to worry about - like world hunger, sexual abuse, drug use, broken families, infidelity, etc?" I don't want to talk with anyone; I don't want to go to work in the morning. I don't want to preach.
So, most times I think I should be doing something else. But I don't know how to translate my skills to a resume, or know of a position that will pay me what I'm making now. I need to survive eight more yrs until I can retire. I am so looking forward to it.

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