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Preacher's Wife's Child . . .

Preacher's Wife's Child . . .
"She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:  'Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.'" Proverbs 31: 27-29 (NIV)
Having seen the everyday life of a preacher from the inside out . . . as a preacher's son, I vote for "pastor" as one of the hardest jobs in the world.
I have not witnessed fishing the Alaskan shoreline in November or taming a lion or working in the ticket office of the Jacksonville Jaguars, so maybe those are harder.  "Pastoring" has got to be in the "Top 10," though.  Got to be . . . and not just because you work weekends.
Yet, it's a funny thing:  A pastor who is married doesn't even have the hardest job in his own home.  That honor goes to Pastor's Wife, who for my money (less 10 percent for tithe) has "The Hardest Job in the World."
Just my opinion.
Who do you think listens to the pastor after the pastor has listened to everyone else all day?  Who is the pastor's counselor and friend, come high water or more high water?  Who is keeping the home fires burning while the pastor is either putting fires out or trying to get good fires going?
Who is judged, be it right or wrong, by what her children and husband do or don't do?  Who gets sideswiped by sayings that have nothing to do with her and everything to do with how someone thinks her husband should be handling church business?  Who inherits, at the end of the day . . . a tired, often confused, often perplexed pastor?
Who was chosen, in a godly marriage, to help shepherd the shepherd?
Thank you to the preacher's wife, yours and mine, who gets little of the glory when things go right and more than her share of the blame when something is "wrong" in the church.  Bless them for how they encourage and nurture and inspire and even correct.  Without them, we would be much less than we are.  So would our pastors.
"She is worth far more than rubies." Proverbs 31:10b (NIV)
  Teddy Allen
Louisiana Sports Writer of the Year Award--2019; Sports Announcer; Bible Teacher
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