Written by cycleguy on March 23rd, 2015

I had a friend who was seeking once say he discovered and read the book of Job (pronounced like the thing we do every day). I chuckled and told him it was pronounced Job (long “o”). What struck him was the reality of Job’s life. He was going through a tough time which included a fire, children taken away, false accusations, and a whole bunch of other stuff.

This post is not about that Job. It is about the other job. You know…the thing we do to earn our keep in this world.

I love my job. If I was independently wealthy and was not being paid by the church, I would do this gig for free. I love it that much. On April 13th I will celebrate 40 years of my ordination into the ministry. At that time the ordination was the “official” day. I had been preaching since the end of my sophomore year in college (1972), but on April 13, 1975 I put on my “big pastor pants” and become official. Official what I’m not sure…but I did. I’ll actually write a post about that day on that day, but for now suffice it to say it was an important day.

I love my job. Other than a few times when I (for reasons mostly mine) found myself having to move, i.e. being asked to leave (a whole ‘nother story), I have never regretted doing what I do. Not even when I have nights like last night where a crisis has me running on 3 hours sleep over the last 36 hours (at this point). I told our youth pastor when I left him at 3:15 am: “This is ministry because it is about people.” Not all days are like this. Not all “seasons of ministry” are like this. But this is what it is all about:


Helping. Caring. Supporting. Encouraging. And more.

Yeah…I love my job…even in seasons like this. 🙂

How about you?


17 Comments so far ↓

  1. floyd says:

    I too love my job. It would be difficult to define exactly what my job is, but I’ve been blessed to pursue the desires of my heart. In the process we all run head first into the tough parts of life, the enemies, but it’s all about learning and growing.

    I so appreciate you and folks like you, Bill. Putting others first in this life is truly the heart and actions of our Savior. Blessings to you and your ministry.

  2. Daniel says:

    I have the job that I wanted since I was a young kid. Nuclear physicist. How freakin’ cool is that? I get the opportunity to unravel the secrets of the universe every darn tootin’ day. If only I could get out of some of these meetings …

  3. Zee says:

    3:15am? Isn’t that when you usually get up?

    I am thankful for pastors like you, who go “all in” and nourish people with spiritual meat (I am no vegetarian, so I love Paul’s analogy in KJV). I have been blessed to have a pastor like that and I know my mom is also like that for her church.

    • cycleguy says:

      That is 45 minutes sooner than normal. 😉 Thanks Zee.

      • Zee says:

        I only remember that you wake up at “o’dark thirty” as a friend of mine used to say 😀

        I love my current job, even though it is stressful at times. And it is mostly stressful because I want to do a good job and there are too many tasks, so not enough time for perfect. Oh well. I know I am appreciated and it helps.

  4. My job has been stressful lately. I like it, but if I was wealthy enough, I wouldn’t work for free.

  5. ‘PEOPLE.

    Helping. Caring. Supporting. Encouraging. And more.’

    I’m with you, brother. This, too, is my job, calling, passion. And there’s nothing I’d rather do. Or be.

    Congrats on your milestone!

  6. You know the saying ‘if your job is your passion, you’ll never work a day in your life.’ That’s how I feel about my writing and it seems, Bill, your passion for people is your guiding light even in the sleepless and troubling times. Congratulations on the upcoming anniversary of your ministry!

  7. Betty Draper says:

    Like you Ace and I both would work for free if we could afford it. I just shared the other day some of life with the LOrd and that person said, Wow, you have led an exciting life. It was not one I would have picked, I wanted the same little house for all my life, children all around me, grandchildren too. Yet God has chosen to take me all over the world for Him…when He is in it even the tough times are redeemed. Glad you like your job, I am sure it shows too as you minister to others.

  8. Pam says:

    Ministry has so many perks–spiritual and otherwise. We love it! What a joy when you see God moving in someone’s life–and we have the privilege of working to help bring that person to Him!

    • cycleguy says:

      You are right Pam. The perks of today’s ministry are so different from the perks of ministry when i was a teenager. Special treatment, discounts, etc cannot hold a candle (in my book) to the perk of seeing a life changed.