Do you ever wish for a demotion? Maybe you’re a youth pastor, a senior pastor, a head teacher, a preschool director, a CEO, a team captain, or simply a parent, and you feel overwhelmed with the responsibilities of your vocation (and yes, parenting is a vocation). You had no idea life would be this difficult when you signed up for the job.

Do you remember the position which launched you into your present ministry? Seeing the coveted position through inexperienced eyes made it seem like the greatest advancement opportunity in the world. . . . then reality struck when you actually took the job.

I have learned many things through my diverse ministry experiences, and I can attest no vocation is more rewarding than the pastorate. God has allowed me to play a part in the transformation of lives with the gospel. But on the other hand, no vocation is more physically, mentally, and spiritually taxing. I’ve spent many sleepless nights agonizing over believers who have chosen the path of sin. Thankfully, God balances burdens with blessings.

No matter what God has called you to do or where, you can be sure of this truth: The greater the blessing God outpours on you, the greater debt of service you will owe Him. Where you are is exactly where God needs you to be. Thank Him for this station today, and serve Him with vigor.

The “layman” need never think of his humbler task as being inferior to that of his minister. Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. — A.W. Tozer

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.