Tuesday, September 13, 2011

You Have a Story Worth Telling

TOMS & Coffee a good pair.
I love being a pastor, I just don't like telling people that I am a pastor.

Whether it comes up in conversation at a coffee house or in line at the grocery store or just in those random moments of life I always seem to pause or stammer about my calling.

To be honest it's a combination of fear and the assumption that I would be one of "Those" pastors or christians.  I do not want to be lumped in with the conserative-judgemental Christian boat, however I do not want to be a Christian apologist either.

The bottom line is that I need to own who I am and not be ashamed about it.

Recently I have been reading about Blake Mycoskie, Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS (for every shoe you buy TOMS gives a pair to a child in need), in his new book Start Something That Matters, he talks about the power of your story.

"If you organize your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story and then turn your story into something bigger- something that matters."

Blake would actually wear two different colors of TOMS just so that he could have opportunity to share his story.

He is willing to look a little foolish for something he is passionate about.

I have to get over that fear of looking foolish... of not being cool.
I have to come to grips that not everyone will like me or what I do.

My goal is to share our story about our church in the conversations of life.  To listen to that still small voice in those moments that are not planned and go for it!

I have a story worth telling.
I have a call worth living.

To Find Hope to the Valley. 

What's your story?


  1. Great thoughts dude, I too went through quite a bit of time of not wanting to tell people as I converse with them that I'm a pastor, but I've found that the more open about who I am and my story I am, the more open others are with me, and that is worth the social awkwardness that comes with many conversations that I have about being a pastor. (usually over a beer, which totally confuses said person wanting to judge me for being a pastor :) )

  2. well said my friend. Gotta love those social awkward moments.