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Thank God I'm a Country Pastor (standard:humor, 913 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: May 10 2015Views/Reads: 762/538Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
We are in danger of losing our country life and when we do, we will lose our Country.

I was born and raised in the country for which I thank God every day. At
the time, however, I did not know how good I had it. 

I was always hearing how great and wonderful city life was. The school
teachers raved about all the excellent entertainment, museums and such 
in the city. It was so bad I began to feel I had missed out on a lot of 

I never went to a Broadway play. I never attended one of those
highfalutin orchestra concerts. I never even went to a fancy 
restaurant. I thought I was missing out on the good life. 

When I was growing up, we did not have television. Television had come
to our neck of the woods, but not everybody could afford a television 
set. I would go into the small town square where they sold appliances, 
stand with other people at the window and watch television. 

Being from the country at the time seemed to be rather boring and with
no future. According to all I heard about city life, it was the life to 
live. Of course, I did not know any better. I thought everything I 
heard was true. 

That is a problem with us country boys. We cannot figure out why anybody
would lie about something. If it is not true, do not lie about it. When 
people told me how wonderful city life was, I thought they were telling 
the truth. 

I guess it is true what they say. Nobody really appreciates their
boyhood until they are 50 years down the road from it. I did not know 
how good I had it at the time. 

When thinking about city life I thought of all the money people were
making and all the good times they were having and all the fancy food 
they were eating. Why, I thought to myself, that must be heaven. I have 
since had to apologize to heaven. 

Not having a television in our home at the time, we did not know about
all the bad stuff happening in the cities. The riotings, the murders, 
the debauchery. All of this was far, far from our experience. When we 
thought of city life, we thought of the brilliant lights of Broadway 
and all the good times people were having. 

Meanwhile, back in the country, as I was experiencing my boyhood I
thought I was missing life. When I got older I realized I was missing 
out on a lot of things and I am mighty glad that I did miss out on some 
of the debauchery. 

Out in the country, we either raised our own food or we swap something
with the neighbor out of his garden. Processed food was something we 
never even thought of. We ate real food and enjoyed it. 

When one neighbor was in trouble, everybody in the neighborhood came
together and helped. It was just what we did out in the country. We 
knew all our neighbors by name and even celebrated their birthdays. 

When I felt God was calling me to be a pastor, I thought this was my
chance to indulge in city life. I could now live where the lights were 
the brightest. 

Unfortunately, or fortunately, however you look at it, I never pastored
a city church. I lived close to a city at one time, Baltimore. It was 
then that I realized that city life was just a myth people indulged in 
to make us country folks feel guilty about the goodness of our life. 

I certainly am glad to be a country pastor. I do not need to worry about
all the latest technology, fads and trends out in society. I do not 
have to worry about what celebrities are doing. 

I remember out in the country our celebrities. They were all hunters who
would regale us with stories of their hunting adventures. We would sit 
around the stove in a little country store and listen to these hunters 
tell their stories. 

Now as a country pastor, I realize one important thing. Someone put it
this way, “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take 

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