The above photo depicts the Queens Badge of Loyalty. If I were British I would be wearing such. This is because I am a loyal person. Unlike many in my generation I remained loyal to the church I grew up in. The Presbyterian Church has lost the majority of the last three generations. I stayed. I am still here.
When others became members of "independent" churches or left the church completely I stayed. I not only stayed I became ordained. As an ordained minister for the majority of my journey I have worked to please the people I serve. This means that I have worked to please the parents and grandparents of the generations of people who left.
This month I begin my 20th year of ordination. I am wondering what this loyalty to older generations has accomplished. Perhaps I have been so loyal to pleasing people that I have failed to remain loyal to the very one who called me. I wonder if God is nudging me to nudge others. People around me would say that is exactly what is happening.
All I know is that the next 20 years of ministry will not be like the first. I have learned a great deal about myself, and during the last several years I have gained a new perspective for ministry.