The more I learn about being a better pastor today, the more I understand my failures as a pastor yesterday. This helps me feel my need for grace.
I look back over fifteen years and flinch at my immaturity, my impatience, my errors, my failures, and my sins.
I hope and pray that church members from years (and sometimes weeks) past will remember and think of me with much grace and forgiveness.
That longing makes me view present church members with much more grace and patience. How can I withhold from them what I hope others will give to me?