C3 Stories // The Pastor’s Heart

Mayra Rodriguez

C3 Latin America Regional Director and Pastor of C3 Las Vegas

 

When I found out that I was pregnant with my first daughter Nicole, I remember that I was overwhelmed with excitement and expectancy. My husband Mario and I held each other with tears in our eyes as we celebrated the privilege of becoming parents for the first time.

We both felt a deep responsibility to be the best parents we could be. We read books, heard stories from friends, family and random strangers, and watched every television program possible in order to prepare. We wanted the perfect room inside the perfect house with us as her perfect parents.

But truth be told… as much as we prepared and planned for perfection, we found ourselves feeling overwhelmed. We were so completely underqualified and imperfect.

 

Many times in ministry, as I lead and pastor alongside my husband, I have found myself feeling these same emotions. The joy of leading, the excitement of teaching, the privilege of pastoring were often replaced with frustration as my expectation of Sunday perfection didn’t match up with reality.

The worship team may have had an incredible set list, the welcome team may have had their brightest smiles on, the fresh coffee may have been brewed to perfection… yet the thousands I expected didn’t come running through the doors.

 

But one Sunday morning as my daughter, almost 19 years old, led the church in worship, I saw before me the visible evidence of God’s promises. There I was, standing next to my husband and youngest daughter, worshipping together as a family in our beautiful church.

At that moment I understood and was comforted by the absolute truth that God is in control! The baby girl I once held in my arms was now standing on her own two feet, arms raised and heart filled with faith as she praises the name of Jesus.

The truth is that both my daughters love and serve God not because of my perfection, but despite my imperfection. God has used it all for His glory and is in complete control. In control of me, in control of my daughters and is definitely in control of His Church. I am the messenger but He is the message!

It’s ok to feel underqualified. It’s ok to be imperfect. We must keep serving, keep loving, keep leading, keep teaching, keep trusting and keep preaching Jesus; knowing that God is in control of it all, always.

 

“Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.” Isaiah 3:10 NIV

 

To find out more about C3 Las Vegas, visit www.c3lasvegas.com.

 

Joanna Mikac
August 20, 2018

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