Is it hard being married to a pastor

“Is it hard being a pastor’s wife?”

“Is it hard being a pastor’s wife?”

Someone asked me this loaded question Sunday before service. With all the pre-service hustle and bustle, I really didn’t have a moment to think before my response. You know those moments. It’s when the mind idles and words just spill from your lips somewhat independently of all reason and logic.

“I really don’t think of it”, I said. “My main focus is on being a good Christian and wife, the rest is what it is”.

In our stressful and demanding role, it’s tempting to focus on the challenges, expectations, sacrifices and endless “to do” lists of ministry. But, in the long and short of it, our lives are all about Jesus and His purposes for us as women, mothers and servants in His kingdom.

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Apart from our husbands, we are “God’s girls”  and being conformed into the image of Christ. We are not our clothes, cars, church roles or our husband’s call. We are just broken vessels waiting for the next life-giving touch from the Master – just like everyone else.

You know my stance on this topic, so I don’t need to re-hash it. In short, life is only as complicated as you make it. Sure, we carry a bit more, but such is life.

As we keep Christ first, our role as pastor’s wife, first lady (or whatever) just falls into place. Amen, Senior Pastor’s Wife?

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