The Next-Wave has an interesting interview with Todd Hunter this month. What stuck me about the quote below is how it fits other thoughts mentioned on this blog — such as Mother Teresa’s quote: “We are called to be faithful, not successful”. This though fits with a previous note — we are invited to ‘enter’ and ‘receive’ the Kingdom; interestingly, scripture doesn’t use the verbs ‘extend’ or ‘expand’ God’s Kingdom, as if we are to do everything on his behalf; rather, the emphasis is on us responding to what he has done and is doing and will do in the world.
Q: If you could travel back in time to the first year in which you were a pastor, what counsel would you give yourself?
Todd: To not get so busy; to remember that taking good care of my whole self under God — body, soul, spirit, etc. is the only legitimate place from which to do ministry.
I’d remind myself that nothing I build or do will last — but I will last for ever. I am God’s project; my projects are just that — mine. But the person I become in the carrying out of ministry will last forever.