We are now nearing the end of summer; at least summer according to the school calendar. In some parts of the country school children will be heading back to school in a little over a week, other areas still have several more weeks for fun in the sun.
According to most church calendars August is a slow month. VBS (Vacation Bible School) is long over. Youth group summer camp is a memory. Most families are home from their trips and are settling back into a routine.
Now that your pastor(s) have some time to breathe before ramping back up for Fall and all of the Back to School activities and Bible Study start-ups would you consider loaning your pastor(s) some of your toys to enjoy before summer is officially over and the toys are put aside for the winter? Some of you may have personal water crafts such as Sea Doos or Jet Skis. You may have a boat that can tow a skier or a slow meandering pontoon boat. Perhaps you have a couple of dirt bikes or a dune buggy that is approved for off-roading. You know what kind of toys you have. Do you think your pastor and his/her family would enjoy a bit of fun? Do you own a sailboat? Why not offer the pastor’s family a fun afternoon sail (with you as captain, of course)? Do you have camping equipment, an RV or fifth wheel? Pastors (most of them) enjoy camping just like you!
I have so many memories of church members generously offering my family a chance to get away for a day or two with some fun toys. One family owned a houseboat and would take us out for a few days to relax and ride their Sea Doos. Another family would take us water skiing at a local lake from time to time. We’ve ridden horses, as well as motorcycles, on back roads courtesy of friends. People have been so incredibly generous sharing their toys with us over the years and we (our children included) have benefited in many ways. We felt loved. We felt appreciated. We felt honored. We felt included. We were able to relax and get away from every day stressors and laugh, play, enjoy each other and our friends.
Don’t you want the same thing for your pastor(s)? If you have some toys and haven’t yet made the offer to share them (go along if you’re worried they might not be used correctly) then seriously consider doing so. There are only a few days left of summer. Be a blessing by blessing your pastor will some fun late summer memories.
*I recognize that there are many women pastors and that all posts don’t apply equally to men and women in ministry. I try to be gender neutral and when the use of he/she or him/her is too cumbersome I default to the masculine pronoun. The reverse is true for referring to the pastor’s spouse. I hope that you can read past these masculine and feminine pronouns to the spirit behind each post —- creative ways to be a blessing to those who serve us…..and their spouses.