"I acknowledge that pastors have a certain 'product envy.' We envy those who build houses or sell cars or build great corporations or assemble automobiles. Why? It is because they have something tangible to show for their labor at the end of the day. They may be assembling widgets. They may be putting things in boxes, sealing them up, and sending them out. They may be cutting the grass. But in each case, they can see the product of their hands. A carpenter or an artist or a building contractor has something to which he can point.
But what about the preacher? The preacher is denied that satisfaction. We are not given the sight to see what we would like to see. It seems as if we stand up and throw out words and wonder what becomes of them. What, after all, is our product? Words, words, and more words. We sometimes feel as if we are flattering ourselves that people even remember what it was we had to say. We are chastened from even asking our own church members and fellow believers to recall our text halfway through the next week. Why? Because we are afraid that we will get that shocked look of anticipated response when a person of good intentions simply says: 'That was a fine message. I don't remember exactly what it was about, and I have a very vague recollection of something you may have said, but I want you to know it was powerful.'" (4-5).That is so true! So what is one way you can help your preacher. Listen and remember what he says. Write something down. When you say that it was a good sermon, tell him something specific that impacted you. Resist some obscure generalization about the message. And work hard at being a good listener. If you want more information about this, check out my book:
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