NOT Preaching? Really?!September 4, 2008
I’m not preaching this Sunday. Since preaching tends to be a weekly occurrence for me these days, this phenomenon actually takes some getting used to. In no particular order, here are a few observations about my ‘non-preaching week’.
1) It feels strange. Its like I’m in some kind of twilight zone. Not having to contend with some colossal Scriptural text? Not having to struggle and wrestle and pray and tremble over God’s Word? I feel like a fighter with no foe!
2) The week is no less busy. To the contrary. I try to do lots of things I wouldn’t otherwise have time for: pre-prepare bible studies, write letters, prepare training seminars, spend time with people! Consequently…
3) The week is far more ‘bitty’. Since I don’t have that one great thing around which everything else hangs, life seems somewhat fragmented.
4) I am more tempted to spiritual sloth. I’ve detected this sin previously too. When I’m preaching on Sunday I tend to keep myself spiritually sharp, but when I’m not preaching I more readily ease off in my prayers and reliance on God.
5) I miss preaching and regain a hunger for it. This is one of the great benefits of occasionally not preaching: it provides a break from the week on week demands of preaching that can make it feel like negotiating a treadmill! On the Sunday when I’m not preaching, I miss the challenge; but by the following Sunday (two weeks since preaching!) I’m champing at the bit to proclaim God’s Word!
I may come back and add more observations, but I’ve got too many things to attend to (apart from preaching!).