When we were kids, we had high hopes and lofty dreams.
We had great aspirations. We were neither familiar with failure nor the frustration that comes with losing.
Our confidence was rock-solid and our enthusiasm was contagious. You remember?
We shared our dreams without inhibition and we said things like “When I grow up, I’d like to be a…”
You may fill in the blanks.
Some of us said “Medical Doctor”
Some said “Lawyer”
Some said “Accountant”
Others said “Astronaut…Pilot…Engineer…Inventor”
Do you remember what you said?
When I was a kid, I had three answers to the famous question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I still remember very clearly.
I said “Chief. Soldier. Pastor” I thought I had to go to school to study for several years to earn several degrees and certificates if my dreams were to come to pass.
I wanted to become a chief because my paternal great-uncle and maternal grandfather were chiefs and the were both widely celebrated and highly -respected.
I wanted to be a soldier because I was awed by the grand display of military might in many Hollywood movies I saw on television.
However, I can’t remember why I wanted to be a pastor. I have tried to remember several times but its been to no avail.
In retrospect, I believe the seed of that desire was divinely planted in the rich soil of my innocent mind. If I had the information I now have, I am almost certain that I wouldn’t have added “pastor” to my “want-to-be” list
It’s been several years since then and a lot of things have happened. I have grown physically, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and otherwise. I have discovered several of my gifts and abilities and I am consistently working on myself.I am constantly seeking new ways to serve God by empowering the people around me.
I have written books.
I have hosted workshops.
I have founded a Personal and Professional Development Academy.
I have facilitated trainings for banks and other reputable organizations.
I have addressed over a thousand audiences ranging from five to five hundred thousand over the last decade.
I have appeared in National publications and been a guest on talk shows.
I have participated in a Reality TV show.
I have been seen by over five million people via international television.
I have done all these with great zest and joy.
However, I can tell you with all conviction that my pastoral calling gives me greater fulfillment than all of the above.
Today, I am asked this question often “Are you really a pastor?”
In plain terms, the answer is YES!
That call that I first sensed as a child still tugs at my heart today. It’s been confirmed in several ways over the years. It is a resounding symphony that rings loud and clear in the hallway of my heart. Nothing gives me greater joy than providing spiritual guidance to people. I consider sharing the person and principles of Christ with people a huge and humbling responsibility. Preaching and teaching God’s Word gives me great joy and deep satisfaction. It is my divinely-designed duty.
I do not and will never qualify by human standards to be a pastor but by God’s saving grace and unfailing mercy, I serve in that capacity. I have served as a pastor in different capacities for almost 10 years but I was fully ordained as a pastor in the House On The Rock on May 9, 2010.
For me, pastor isn’t a title. It is a calling. Besides, it is the acronym that defines who I am and what I do.
So when I say I’m a Pastor, I mean I’m a P.A.S.T.O.R.
Preacher…I reconcile men to God by proclaiming and explaining the truth of God’s Timeless and Infallible Word
Author…I inspire mind-renewal by documenting solutions and strategies
Speaker…I challenge and empower people by sharing thoughts and ideas for transformation
Trainer…I instruct and discipline people to form habits, thoughts and behavior that improve their proficiency
Oracle…I serve as a human agent of divine communication
Reformer…I am a catalyst of spiritual revolution and social change
I have decided to be the best that God created me to be.
Do let me know how I can serve you and your loved ones.
I’d be glad to read your comments or questions in the comment box below.