Presedintele Senatului Romaniei a reusit performanta (demna de Guinness Book) sa rosteasca o fraza de 203 cuvinte FARA sa spuna NIMIC!
sursa foto: Curentul
sursa foto: Curentul
din volumul “Slujitorul adevarat, Slujitorul care schimba lumea”
2 Timotei 2:3: “Sufera impreuna cu mine, ca un bun ostas al lui Hristos.”
In timpurile grele care vin uneori peste lucratorul Domnului trebuie ca intotdeauna sa nu parasim lucrarea incredintata. Cei angajati fug la primul obstacol dar soldatul cel bun va fi totdeauna la locul desemnat de Comandantul Suprem. Sa lucrezi pentru Dumnezeu este mai mult decat o indatorire, este o onoare.
Povestirea urmatoarea a circulat pe internet si a fost publicata in mai multe publicatii, fara autor insa, de aceea am sa o reproduc parafrazand-o: Regimentul al treilea infanterie din Garnizoana Myer avea responsabilitatea sa asigure garda de onoare la ceremoniile unitatii, deasemenea garda de onoare la unele festivitati ale statului: activitati sociale la Casa Alba, ceremonii publice, paza la cimitirul national Arlington si asigurarea garzii si purtarii drapelului la Mormantul Soldatului Necunoscut.
Publicul local era deja familiar cu marsul soldatilor la intrarea si iesirea din postul Mormantul Soldatului Necunoscut. De la uniforma impecabila la pasul cadentat, la miscarea armei, totul era perfect si frumos de urmarit. Schimbarea garzii se facea la fiecare ora prin exercitiu militar. O mare parte dintre oameni credeau ca atunci cand cimitirul este inchis pentru public, acest spectacol de schimbare a garzii inceteaza. Dar pentru cei dedicati in ceea ce fac, nu era un spectacol, era o schimbare a garzii de onoare, cu onoare. In fiecare noapte, la fiecare ora, rutina exercitiului militar de schimbare a garzii continua fara nici o intrerupere, ca si in timpul zilei. Pentru acesti oameni (speciali oameni) continuitatea garzii era un respect si onoare in cinstea eroilor fara nume din armata americana, cazuti la datorie in lupta.
Povestirea continua: In timpul uraganului Isabel (18 septembrie 2003….nota traducatorului), cand mii de copaci au fost scosi din radacini, cand curentul electric a fost intrerupt pentru zile intregi, cand semnele de circulatie si semafoarele nu au mai functionat, cand soselele erau pline de crengi rupte si materiale de la case distruse, cand inundatiile au inceput sa apara, Comandamentul General a transmis un ordin Regimentului al treilea infanterie sa inchida temporar serviciul garzii si sa caute un adapost impotriva vantului pentru a proteja soldatii. Ordinul a fost dat pentru protectia si siguranta garzii. Dar soldatii nu au ascultat comanda primita. In timpul vantului cel mai puternic, care rasturna masinile si transforma resturile aparute in adevarate proiectile, ei au continuat ritualul de schimbare a garzii la fiecare ora dupa programul stabilit.
Potrivit declaratiilor ulterioare ale soldatilor, ei au refuzat sa-si intrerupa postul si sa se adaposteasca pentru ca au inteles ca ce faceau ei este mai mult decat o datorie: era cea mai mare onoare care putea fi incredintata unui soldat (american).
Mormantul Soldatului Necunoscut din cadrul Cimitirului National Arlington (unde sunt inmormantati si presedintii Statelor Unite…..nota traducatorului) a fost si este patrulat si pazit de garzile de onoare ale armatei in mod continu din 1930, 24 de ore pe zi, sapte zile pe saptamana.
Punctul meu in aceasta povestire: Dumnezeu ne-a incredintat o slujire, un serviciu de indeplinit pe acest pamant. Trebuie sa fim credinciosi in aceasta slujire indiferent de pericole si circumstante pentru ca aceasta slujire este mai mult decat o responsabilitate, mai mult decat o datorie. Este o onoare!
Da, in lucrarea slujitorilor Sai pot aparea batalii, persecutii, greutati si neintelegeri. Dar avem raspunderea noastra. Ca si soldatii neclintiti de la mormantul soldatului necunoscut trebuie sa stam in picioare indiferent de puterea vantului, indiferent de inversunarea furtunii. Noi trebuie sa veghem asupra sufletelor aflate in joc. Responsabilitatea noastra este mai mult decat o datorie: este o onoare!
va urma….sa te ingrijesti de familie!
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 25, 2013
California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session
ASSEMBLY BILLNo. 1266
Introduced by Assembly Member Ammiano
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Atkins)
(Coauthors: Senators Lara and Leno)
February 22, 2013
An act to amend Section 221.5 of the Education Code, relating to pupil rights.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
AB 1266, as amended, Ammiano. Pupil rights: sex-segregated school programs.
Existing law prohibits public schools from discriminating on the basis of specified characteristics, including gender, gender identity, and gender expression, and specifies various statements of legislative intent and the policies of the state in that regard. Existing law requires that participation in a particular physical education activity or sport, if required of pupils of one sex, be available to pupils of each sex.
This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs activities, including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 221.5 of the Education Code is amended
(a) It is the policy of the state that elementary and
4secondary school classes and courses, including nonacademic and
5elective classes and courses, be conducted, without regard to the
6sex of the pupil enrolled in these classes and courses.
7(b) A school district may not prohibit a pupil from enrolling in
8any class or course on the basis of the sex of the pupil, except a
9class subject to Chapter 5.6 (commencing with Section 51930) of
10Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2.
11(c) A school district may not require a pupil of one sex to enroll
12in a particular class or course, unless the same class or course is
13also required of a pupil of the opposite sex.
14(d) A school counselor, teacher, instructor, administrator, or
15aide may not, on the basis of the sex of a pupil, offer vocational
16or school program guidance to a pupil of one sex that is different
17from that offered to a pupil of the opposite sex or, in counseling
18a pupil, differentiate career, vocational, or higher education
19opportunities on the basis of the sex of the pupil counseled. Any
20school personnel acting in a career counseling or course selection
21capacity to a pupil shall affirmatively explore with the pupil the
22possibility of careers, or courses leading to careers, that are
23nontraditional for that pupil’s sex. The parents or legal guardian
24of the pupil shall be notified in a general manner at least once in
25the manner prescribed by Section 48980, in advance of career
26counseling and course selection commencing with course selection
27for grade 7 so that they may participate in the counseling sessions
29(e) Participation in a particular physical education activity or
30sport, if required of pupils of one sex, shall be available to pupils
31of each sex.
32(f) A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated
33 school programs activities, including athletic
34 teams and competitions, consistent with his or
35 her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s
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Peter Drucker, the late leadership guru, said that the four hardest jobs in America (and not necessarily in order, he added) are:
Is that true? Pastors love God and love people. They get to pray for people, lead people to a faith in Jesus Christ, and teach the Word about God.
That’s the dream job. You can read the Bible all day, pray, play a little golf, and preach. I want to do that!
Here is the secret. Being a pastor is hard work. It’s not for wimps.
This is the reality—the job of a pastor can be 24/7 and carry unique challenges.
Some pastors wear themselves out trying to help people. Some wound their family because they are so involved in ministry. Others flourish in their ministry and personal life.
Approximately 85% of churches in America have less than 200 people. Sixty percent of churches are under 100 people. The average size congregation in the U.S. is 89 people, according to The Barna Group. Staffs are small, and needs are great. In many situations, the pastor needs to be a Bible teacher, accountant, strategist, visionary, computer tech, counselor, public speaker, worship director, prayer warrior, mentor, leadership trainer, and fundraiser.
Who can be all of that?
Personally, I love being a pastor. I have a great staff. We have great people in our church; I am content whether going through good times or difficult seasons. Of course, it’s a lot easier to be “content” when things are good. I have great friends who are pastors. My marriage is strong. I am a better man because of my time in ministry.
Some of the unique problems that pastors’ face are:
Pastors can be criticized by a lot of people for a multitude of things.
“Music is too loud. Worship is not long enough. It’s too long.”
“Sermon is not deep enough. It’s too long.”
“Pastor thinks he’s too important. It took me 3 weeks to get an appointment.”
“You talk too much about money.”
“…can I talk to you for a minute, Pastor?” This simple question can cause a pastor to think: “Oy vey. Now what?”
We pastors need to find a way to not take criticism so personally and learn from truths that could be hidden in the criticism.
Members leave, leaders leave, and pastors’ friends leave. The reality is—people leave.
The smaller the church, the more obvious it is when people leave. Some leave for reasonable decisions; many leave ‘ungracefully.’ They leave the big churches, too—by the thousands.
People leave TD Jakes’ church, and they leave Andy Stanley’s church.
When our church had about 150 people and some would leave, it was so disappointing. I tried to console myself by thinking, “They may be leaving by the dozens here at Oasis, but thousands have left Jack Hayford’s church, and he’s a great pastor.”…That only helped for a minute.
“We want something deeper.”
“My needs aren’t getting met.”
These comments can feel like a personal rejection.
Every pastor has heard, “I’m not getting fed here.” Bill Hybels has heard it. Wayne Cordero, Dino Rizzo, Ed Young, Craig Groeschel, Steven Furtick, and Matthew Barnett have heard it.
Really? Not getting fed? In those churches? How is that possible?
One of the most difficult conditions to achieve is to have a “tough skin and a soft heart.” Love people, hold them lightly, and don’t take it personally.
“…uhhh, OK. Lord, help us.
Trusting church members with personal burdens can backfire. They may end up telling the pastor’s personal issues to others. Staff leaders can take church members away. The pastor trusts a person with the platform or title, and that person uses the influence given to them to take people away. The Judas kiss.
Church staff causing problems is a betrayal. Pastors rightfully think, “I’m paying you to solveproblems. I can get new problems for free. I don’t need to pay someone a salary to create them.”
We pastors have to find a way, with God’s grace, to love people as if we have never been hurt before.
Who’s my friend? Who can I trust? If I tell another pastor my problems, will he criticize me, tell others, or just treat me differently?
Are my friends really my friends or a church member who is a temporary friend who may leave any day now?
Healthy friendships are crucial to a fulfilling life, especially to the well being of a pastor. Put special effort in this area.
50% of the ministers starting out will not last 5 years.
70% felt God called them to pastoral ministry before their ministry began, but after three years of ministry, only 50% still felt called.
Keeping personally refreshed is an art and a science…and extremely important.
When fatigue comes in, you not only look ½ empty, but also dirty, contaminated, and undrinkable.
Disappointments come in many ways.
Because of smaller congregations, the average compensation package for pastors is between $35,000 – $40,000. There are many things pastors in this salary range are not able to do for their family that other people around them can do.
There are many areas of ministry that judging “success” is difficult. Pastors can be hard on themselves. We work in an area that good work and good effort does not always guarantee success.
Many pastors work hard but are missing some kind of “X-factor.” They are good people, sincere believers, love God, know the Word, have great content in their sermons, but somehow it’s not clicking. It’s frustrating.
It’s like a worship leader who loves Jesus and has a great singing voice but somehow cannot lead people in an effective worship experience.
Some days, leaders feel like they can’t seem to do anything right. The ministry finally gets momentum, and then a leader in the church falls. Things are going well, and then a couple of your biggest givers leave.
The church needs money, but the pastor doesn’t want to put too much focus on money. It’s not about the money—but it becomes about the money.
All of this can be overwhelming.
This is not the case for all pastors. In fact, many that I know have managed to handle these issues well.
How Christians and church members can help:
Pray for guidance, protection, healthy friends, their marriage, and family. Pray for inspiration, anointing, the leadership team, unity, and clarity.
As best as you can, don’t allow or participate in gossip and criticism. How can you serve and problem solve to prevent overload?
Thank him for his or her work and ministry. Thank them for their sacrifice. Tell them a specific time in which you or someone you know experienced a life change in their church. Honor them to others. Let your pastors know you are praying for them. According to the Barna report—the profession of “Pastor” is near the bottom of a survey of the most-respected professions, just above “car salesman.”
Don’t give up, pastor! Persistence is powerful.
Keep on. Really! Your work, your labor of love, and your sacrifice matters.
I realize the last thing a pastor needs is another sermon. But these verses have helped me. Hold on to God’s Word with your life.
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 NLT
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Gal. 6:9 NLT
Be careful of the comparison trap.
Looking at other ministries can be inspiring. Comparing yourself to other churches can be destructive and discouraging.
Make new pastor friends. Expose yourself to new influences, new leaders, churches, or ministries that are doing some things differently.
Discover to some fresh views and ideas. Sometimes, it just takes one or two new ideas that can change momentum around.
Pastors that are struggling or are no longer in ministry may have unresolved hurts. I encourage you to find healing. Seek counseling; find a local Celebrate Recovery group; equip yourself with resources on healing (some examples are Safe People or Boundaries) and share your secrets with safe people. Remember you’re only as sick as your secrets.