Walk In My Shoes
“Walking in another's shoes” is an idiom that tries to convey encounters that cannot be experienced unless you are in them. When I was an assistant Pastor, my responsibilities allowed me to do everything my Pastor did. This made me believe that I knew what a Pastor went through. But when I became a Pastor, I discovered that I didn’t have a clue. The experience is similar to physical, sexual intimacy. You can watch it, read about it, be told about it. But you cannot understand it until you experience it.
The main lesson I learned was about people. I have always loved people since I’ve been in ministry, but there is a difference in a Pastor’s love for the people he serves. It’s a love that will not allow you to quit loving even when you are not loved in return. Even I am amazed at how much I love the church family and doing what I do. I realize that God has placed His love for the people in me. Therefore, I gladly serve His people. This brings to mind the words of a song:
I Give Myself Away, So You Can Use Me.
No, you can’t walk in my shoes, but you can love me and pray for me. Please do.