By Ron Cook

Ron and his wife Rodetta have been married for 41 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Ron ministers to hundreds of pastors annually through mentorship, counseling, and by phone. He has been a Pastor for 40 years and understands the stress of ministry, and wants to share his longevity in ministry with other pastors and help them finish well.

    Do You Feel Forgotten?

    Wednesday, July 02, 2014

    Genesis 40:23 “The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.”

    I can’t count the number of times in ministry that I felt forgotten. Forgotten by people who promised they would not forget me. Forgotten by people that I have invested hours of time and energy into. Forgotten by people who thought nothing of making late night phone calls, people who thought even less of making inconvenient requests at the most inconvenient times.  Oh, the times I have set waiting on an individual or a couple to show up for a counseling appointment only to be a “no-show”.

    If you have been in ministry any length of time, you are saying “Amen!” and a flood of situations and names come to mind. If you allow your mind to go any further feeding these feelings you are going to have a bad day. The truth of the matter and remember what truth does (sets you free!) we are never forgotten. Regardless of how you and I may feel, we are not forgotten by our omniscient Heavenly Father. He will not, no, cannot forget us.

    Just in case you can’t shake these feelings of “forgotten” read Romans 8:31-39. Chances are you will not take the time to read/reread this passage. It will benefit you more than you can imagine if you take the two minutes it takes to read this reminder, especially if you are feeling forgotten

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