Reactions to Busyness and a Lack of Prayer

Reactions to Busyness and a Lack of Prayer

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            It is not usual that I print the weekly reactions to a given Ministerial Weekly. However, in reading the responses to last week’s weekly on Busyness and a Lack of Prayer, I felt compelled to share the responses as you may find them pointed, applicable, challenging and or encouraging. To avoid any misunderstanding or prejudice, I have withheld the identity of those who have responded.
 

Response 1
There have been a number of times in my life as the wife of a minister when I identified with Martha more than with Mary! There were so many expectations!   I was always busy.  A pastor’s wife should never say, “no” to a request.  I did not want to let anyone down.  Yet, a person can only be stretched so far.  My children said I was a workaholic.  Even the doctor told me I was a workaholic. I did not go to him for any stress-related issues.  I was fine – not on any medication or anything.  It was just a regular checkup.  What he said made me stop and think.  It took quite a long time for me to realize that “I can’t be all things to all people.”  Sometimes it is all right to decline some requests – just get your priorities straight.
 
Response 2
Dear Pastor Johnson,
 
I have been reading your weekly messages for some time now, and this is the first time I have chosen to comment on any of these messages.
 
I sincerely believe God has inspired you to write this message at this time, because I personally have been asking the question as to what is the ultimate objective of the church in recent times. I believe the church might have to do a serious inventory of the new concept of church, and reestablish a clear understanding of its mission soon, or we might be surprised by our own zeal blinding us to the spiritual need of the members in the church.
 
“Busyness and a Lack of Prayer” is timely, and I could amplify my reason for exposing myself to trouble for raising my concerns on the subtle activity frenzy at the possible expense of spiritual growth in the individual members of the church. However, I will restrain myself from commenting any further and just thank God for leading you to raise the point in such a timely manner.
 
Best regards,
 
Response 3
Good morning and thank you, Pastor, for solidifying your suggestions with a quotation from the Spirit of Prophecy. The inclusion of a solid Bible text would have made it perfect.