PASTOR’S PEN
 

Book Study and Discussion Group

Book Study and Discussion Group — 3 Thursday Nights in June
  7 – 9 PM in the Red Room
The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks
This book is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it’s also a provocative social commentary. We live in a society, Brooks argues, that celebrates freedom, that tells us to be true to ourselves, at the expense of surrendering to a cause, rooting ourselves in a neighborhood, binding ourselves to others by social solidarity and love. We have taken individualism to the extreme — and in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. In the Second Mountain, Brooks shows what can happen when we put commitment making at the center of our lives.

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Worthy of the Hardship

In the book I mentioned last week, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, David Brooks writes: “We want to be involved in some important pursuit that involves hardship and is worthy of that hardship.” 
 
When I was in my late thirties and about ten years into pastoral ministry, I was already tired of it and was starting to think about what else I could be doing to make a living.  Pastoral ministry was involving hardship like time away from my kids, strain on my marriage, and 55 hour work weeks. The problem is that the pursuit involved hardship but I was not at all sure that the endeavor was worthy of hardship. The pettiness that went on in the church at times just exhausted me and I sometimes felt that I was wasting my time. 
 
Now, some twenty-five plus years later, I am still working at least 55 hours a week, I still would like to spend more time with my kids (and now granddaughter), and I would like to hang out with Karla more often. But now I know that this pursuit is worthy of the hardship. I believe that following the path of Jesus, sharing the grace of God, building the community of the church, and reaching out to the lost and the least is worthy of the hardship. 
 
How good it is to be in ministry together. It is an important pursuit that is worthy of the hardship.
 
If you would like to be a part of a discussion group on this engaging book by David Brooks, please let me know. 
 
Blessings,
 
Pastor Steve



Pastor Steve Lundin