MANY PASTORS WHO DIED in recent times died from STRESS!
You worry about
Rain falling on sunday morning .
Maintaining the Headquarters as a G.O
Sustaining branches under you.
Remitances to Headquarters as a branch pastor
Targets by authorities.
Indigent members that need help.
The list goes on…
You lie down to sleep only to discover you have been awake all night.
Yet you must appear cool, calm, smiling before the people or questions will start flying.
You must appear strong even when your body is ravaged with stress induced ailments.
You have to encourage members even when u are in despair.
You shout “it is well” when actually you are in a well!
We just have to keep on maintaining a facade the people expect.
Then suddenly the man falls down and dies.
Or goes to bed and doesnt wake up.
•The media gets awash with eulogies, how you were a great man, generous, genuine,
•Your church authorities will tell whoever’s cares to listen how u were a loyal dedicated pastor.
•Your subordinates will lament how they have lost a great leader
•Your spouse will be shedding tears calling u a wonderful husband,father bla bla bla…
Everybody will contribute money, even those who never gave u one kobo while u are alive.
A big casket will be bought, italian suit put on ur embalmed corpse, then crowds will gather and put u in the ground.
LIFE GOES ON.
Pastors are an endangered specie!
Even in the face of all of these you still find in the media space and in the society a kind of conspiracy to malign pastors!
If we are not accused of living flamboyantly, we get accused of diabolism.
Pls is there any profession on this earth that doesn’t have fakes and fraudulent members?
Have the society banned or cast aspersions on the entire professions bcos of the evil activities of a few bad eggs?
But the entire clergy in Nigeria gets ridiculed,blasted just for the wrongs of the few fake ones.
Pst Essa was in a sick bed and news of how he cancelled a wedding went viral . False news at that!
Next thing we heard the man slept and didnt wake up.
The same evil society that lambasted him the previous week went haywire eulogizing at his death.
What a generation!
Many pastors are having BP problems right now.
Nobody is doing anything to help them.
Tomorrow when they sleep and not wake up, everybody will start singing hypocritical lullabies.
For how long shall we continue like this?
You are wondering if Iam fine.
No! I’m not fine.
I have not been fine for a very long time. Yes.
Is my life at risk?
I dont know.
People are dying ,aren’t they?
How many ppl have asked what is killing them?
Go and see your pastor.
Ask him how it is with him, his family ,his health.
Dont only visit ur pastor when u have a need.
We ALSO HAVE NEEDS!
We have bills.
Not only church but personal bills.
We desire to be loved too ,same way you do .
We love being asked how we are.
Stop seeing us as super humans.
We are not!
We are flesh and blood like you. Only the grace upon us makes us distinct.
I dont know what else to say.
The Lord bless us all.