You may be wondering about the title of this blog. If you’ve been in ministry very long, you understand it completely. Pastors and their families live in “glass houses.” The platform of a pastoral ministry is one which is very public. At the start of our journey together in marriage and ministry over 30 years ago, we decided to use the “glass house” to bring Him honor and glory. Jeanne got out the Windex, pulled back the curtains and started utilizing the place of our calling to point people to Jesus. You have a choice: embrace the “glass house” lifestyle and allow it to make you better, or endure it and become bitter.
Embracing the glass house means:
1) You better be the best you God has created, walking in His spirit. Be transparent. There is great wisdom in knowing your strengths and acknowledging your weaknesses.
2) Living in the public eye as a prophet makes private time with the Lord and those you love even more important. I’m not speaking of an occasional day off. There must be quality as well as quantity in this private time. In the words of Vance Havner, “You must regularly come apart before you come apart.”
3) Remember, while it is easy for others to see in to the windows of this “glass house,” the view is awesome looking out! Keep your focus on “things above.” Sitting in my chair in our den at the house where we lived in Sevierville, I could see the majestic lady of the Smokies, Mt. Le Conte. I have never gotten tired of that incredible view.
My hope is that through this communicative tool called a blog, you will be able to see my heart in the years ahead. I will attempt to share with you on a regular basis.
We may have left the pastorate for a season to follow God’s call to the TBC, but we gladly choose to continue to live in a “glass house.”
Randy C. Davis