There are more than 87,000 Starbucks options on their beverage menu. (Hello, Grande, Iced, Sugar-Free, Vanilla Latte With Soy Milk & a Caramel Drizzle.)
But life is not a coffee shop.
Finding ourselves unsatisfied and unable to make a change seems to be increasingly common. It could be true that we simply need to become content when things are not “perfect.” Or it could be true that we have more choices than we realize.
Heard in Church World from Pastors:
- I can’t retire until I’m 70.
- I don’t have enough experience to take on that position.
- It’s too late to seek a new call at 58.
- I don’t have much energy left in this ministry, but what else would I do?
- I’m too old to learn how to do ministry a new way.
- I can’t afford to work part-time.
- I could never work with an old white guy.
- I could never work with a tattooed, non-binary twenty-something.
Heard in Church World from other leaders:
- We don’t have the capacity to offer Sunday School any more.
- We can’t afford an associate pastor.
- Who has time to volunteer?
- We’re not a church without a Wednesday night Bible study.
- Can you imagine trying to be a church without a choir?
- We have nothing in common with the neighbors.
- Nobody wants to come to our Chili Dinner.
- What is those people come through our doors?
Maybe we aren’t really stuck. Maybe we just haven’t broadened the possibilities. (Who ever dreamed 50 years ago people would put caramel in their coffee?)