That was me thinking God was taking the mickey, and telling me to lighten up a bit.
And now comes an excellent new set of propositions from the perennially wonderful Kim Fabricius, on what it is to be a minister. Remarkably timely - another way in which I see God acting in my life and telling me to breathe a little more easily. This one spoke precisely to me:
"Ministers are shepherds – though many a member would prefer a pet lamb. As they call their flock to new pastures, and to experimental patterns and models of ministry, they are inevitably going to piss off some of the fat sheep. So ministers must expect to be butted."