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  1. Yes, yes, yes!

    Thank you for speaking this truth. Several decades back I went through my own inner journey. Through the turmoil I came to realize – I’m sure it was the Holy Spirit – that I was motivated by the need to be liked. If people didn’t like me I would make sure they respected me or feared me! I still wrestle with this in hopefully ever decreasing degrees. I take the 2 Corinthians text, that we’re being transformed from one degree of glory to the next, as my hope in the Lord’s continual, sanctifying work in my life.

    I know from personal experience, and from coaching and training others, that interim pastors in particular must be aware of this fifth addiction. When we’re called to a troubled church to clean up a mess we often become the lightening rod for the professional weaker brothers!

    One day I expect I’ll arrive at a place where it’s largely immaterial what the crowds may think of me. But I suspect that will be the same day I arrive in the presence of glory.

  2. Elver Mendenhall December 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Pastor Boyd, What wonderful words to help us to remember why we are doing what we are doing. May God help us to always remember that this is never about us and may we always love the people and care most for them.