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Here's a thought, a quote, and a resource I wanted to share with you this Thursday.

I spoke to a pastor the other day. Something about him seemed different. He seemed intentional. He paused before speaking. His presence was inviting.

I walked away intrigued not only by what he said, but by the kind of man that he is.

Later that day, I was reading Diary of a Pastor’s Soul. A passage described what I noticed in the pastor:

“The old Pietists used to write in their journals about gravitas. It was their description of a soul that had gained enough weightiness to be attractive, like all things with a gravitational pull.”

That’s it exactly.

Nobody who aims for gravitas gets it. It’s a result of a long walk with God, of a settledness into who we are in relationship to God and the world. It’s unmistakable when you see it. I wonder if it’s the fruit of the Spirit grown to such an extent in someone’s life so much that it’s almost tangible.

As we walk with God over a long period of time, that’s the kind of work that the Spirit may work in our lives too.

“Our human and earthly limits, properly understood, are not confinements but rather inducements to formal elaboration and elegance, to fullness of relationship and meaning. Perhaps our most serious cultural loss in recent centuries is the knowledge that some things, though limited, are inexhaustible. For example, an ecosystem, even that of a working forest or farm, so long as it remains ecologically intact, is inexhaustible. A small place, as I know from my own experience, can provide opportunities of work and learning, and a fund of beauty, solace, and pleasure — in addition to its difficulties — that cannot be exhausted in a lifetime or in generations.”

(Wendell Berry)

You’re Not Crazy is a new podcast for young pastors by Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry. I’m not a young pastor, but I love it. I think you would benefit from it — especially the last episode — even if you’re not a pastor.

But if you’re a pastor, please don’t miss it. It’s so encouraging.
Thanks for reading!

Darryl Dash
author of 8 Habits for Growth and How to Grow