Faithfulness Amidst Social Pressures

“We missed you at the ladies meeting last night.”

“I noticed you weren’t at church on Sunday. Is everything okay?”

Over the years as a pastor’s wife I’ve been a part of many conversations that have begun similarly, and I have found that the reasons behind them can be as varied as the people giving them. Unfortunately, they often have a cumulative effect of weighing on my spirit because I feel pressured to do certain things and judged if I do or don’t do certain things.

So…what is the problem with these questions? Are these people not just concerned for my welfare?

Most of the time I can feel the genuine concern behind these statements; I know that the person truly cares for me and my family, but sometimes I feel other motives that put pressure on me.

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About Wendy McCready

Wendy lives in Alma, Ontario, Canada with her husband Mark and two daughters where Mark has been the senior pastor of Alma Bible Church since the summer of 2010. Together they have served for over 15 years in rural and small-town ministry. Their previous small-town pastoral work included a church in the mountains of Colorado while Mark was in seminary, and then in northern Ontario “cottage” country upon graduation. Wendy works as an Educational Assistant in the local schools where she enjoys making community connections in order to share Christ and helping children with special challenges learn new things. She also enjoys participating in music ministry in their church and hosting people in their home.

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