As many of you may already know, the church I pastor has been in a several-month-long renovation. You can even view the pictures of the progress on that site. I have already told the story of how this all came to be so I won’t
regurgitate review it again. Just as an update: we are taking the church building and literally flip-flopping sides with the young people. We will go from 800 square feet to about 1800 square feet; a 10 foot ceiling to a cathedral-type; 83 chairs to (we hope) about 180 or so, and maybe more; and we will be doing it by paying cash. Dave Ramsey would be proud of us. I am seriously hoping that doing so will allow us to hire a young man who has been attending and working with our youth as our Associate/Youth Pastor. We have done a ton of work ourselves, but have also had to hire out some of the more detailed ones. One of those has been the painting of the new part and also the floor.
Which brings me to my topic. The floor was painted this afternoon (Tuesday) with the first coat of an epoxy. I had been told about its strong smell and figured to myself, “How bad can it be?” I found out my answer today: REAL BAD! After a lunch at the Chinese restaurant (I have to take advantage of lunches with people, especially future youth pastors since Jo does not like Chinese at all), I went for a ride. After the ride I showered and returned to the office after some errands and just about fell over. Strong? Nah. Overwhelmingly slammed in the head? Yeah. I was there about 10 minutes and I was talking in a foreign language. My head was spinning. So I headed home.
Toxic is more than an adjective for paint. We have
The list seems endless doesn’t it? They get inside our heads and hearts. Sort of like that toxic epoxy. Staying in the building would have not have killed me, but it could have given me a much unneeded headache, or it could have made me sick. The above list will do that, although following a toxic pastor can be harmful to your soul. There will always be those people, pastors, churches who will “call out” to us, and we have to make decision to either abandon ship, cut the ties, or go all in. I would suggest cut the ties. Stick with Jesus. Don’t follow men. Check this out.
Have you had any experience with toxic anything? Any from my list? Could you add any?