Although I am not a fully fledged subscriber to any pastor/author/theologian fan club – I must admit that I owe a lot to John Piper. I remember being offered Desiring God not long after the ‘wall came down’ and it seemed a deep and complex book to read with my limited English theological vocabulary.
In the past 5+ years I have come to discover the great drive to be more satisfied in Him as He is most glorified in me. A God-centred pursuit of a life lived well, for His honour.
Recently JP retired from his position at BBC in Minneapolis in order to pursue an even more active role as an author. In a recent interview he highlighted a few things that are his reflections of his years in ministry – so far.
Here is what ‘stuck’ with me:
- you’ve always got regrets – he never felt like he has done a great job. This was not just a clichéd stance but an honest appraisal.
- you’re never totally sure about making the right choice between the urgent, the necessary and the important.
- better pastors make better preachers
- it’s ok to be frustrated about fruitless meetings
- regarding the church – don’t let your optimism or pessimism be dictated by the culture
- always hope for revival
All those thoughts have encouraged me greatly as both a leader and a pastor with my ‘L’ plates on.