I have a hard time when people leave. Maybe its my orphan past or some other insecurity? I don’t know! But I do know that one of the most challenging pieces of pastoring for me is continuing to stay focused and encouraged even when it feels like the people who I’m investing in or trust will eventually just randomly disappear.
I (and many others) have poured my heart and soul into this church. And while I know it’s not perfect, I still sort of take it personal when people leave for some reason. But I’m learning to just let go.
Recently, in search for something I could “fix,” I started jotting down notes on the “reasons people leave.” And after compiling a list of reasons people have left the church, I realized that there is no way I can fix it…
…because some people leave for the most ridiculous reasons.
Granted, some people have left for very good, healthy, positive reasons. They got a new job, moved, felt called to do something else, etc.
But some people…
* editors note: I edited A large portion of the original post because it was inappropriate and insensitive. Thankful for friends who are wise and willing to be honest with me 😃
At the end of the day, some people left.
So what…There are still 77,000 people within 25 minutes of us who don’t know Jesus. I’m gonna keep reaching.
Thanks for the empty seats,