…sermons are not ready to be written.
Despite the best of intentions.
Despite the best of routines.
Despite the best of scotcheroos (This is my weekly pre-sermon writing treat)…
…sometimes sermons are not ready to make an appearance.
It’s Thursday, 4:05pm, and the sermon is supposed to be done. It’s supposed to be done so I can enjoy my day off tomorrow without thinking about it. It is supposed to be done so it can sit and age for a day or so before I return to it on Saturday for tweaking.
That’s the routine; one that I have clung to since internship (2002-03). But instead I sit here (now at 4:13pm) writing this blog post. Grrr…
But why should I be upset? Seriously? Why should I? I mean…if I am honest with myself then I have to admit that the sermon I will preach on Sunday is not “mine”. Rather…the sermon I will preach on Sunday belongs to God. So if that is the case (and it is) then who am I to get so pushy.
“Hey God…where’s that sermon I am supposed to preach?”
I really need to settle down. Don’t get me wrong here…I am not trying to give an excuse to be lazy. I am not trying to exercise my gift of procrastination. Believe me…I’m not. I am just trying to make sense of my little “block” here. Maybe even stall for a while…just in case the sermon decides to makes an appearance before I go home.
[Pause for the Jeopardy Theme]
Nothing? Oh well…
…I have done my work but apparently God is not done talking to me. So I am going to stop trying to force the issue and let God continue to do His thing. After all…it’s His sermon, not mine. And why should I be worried? In the 7 1/2 years God and I have been writing sermons together never once did a sermon fail to get done, because after all…
…GOD is in control, not me.
[Continue Jeopardy Theme]