Being married to a pastor I feel like I can shed a little light on what a pastor goes through. Some common myths people may have about pastors...
1. They only work on Sundays, not true...sadly many pastors never take a day off, which leads to a lot of burn out.
2. They are the only qualified ones to pray at church functions...again not true. Anyone can pray! And please do so!
3. People tell them all the time what a great job they do on Sundays, or any other time during the week. I can only speak for my husband, again not true. Yes, he does have people tell him that he did a good job, but it's not the same as someone who rarely talks to him telling him how God's word has impacted their life.
All joking aside, being a pastor is a pretty lonely job. Yes it is absolutely filled with wonderful moments, life changing moments, and great memories. There is no doubt about that, but it also is filled with loneliness, depression, and lots of questioning. Pastors have one of the most important jobs in the entire world, one day they will answer to God for the lives of the people they ministered to. That just scares the bajeebies out of me right now.
So could your pastor use a little bit of encouragement? The answer probably is yes. During this month make sure you send your pastor a little note or email them, and tell them what a good job they are doing, or tell them a specific time that something they said during a message really spoke to you.
Appreciating someone is free and takes a little bit of time, but the impact it has on a person truly is priceless and long lasting.
"Good words are worth much, and cost little."