I recalled something said a while back by an elder during a service meeting a while back. I beleive it was a local needs part on getting out in service. Basically what he said was this:
- Jehovah expects us to go out in the door to door ministry even if we hate it or are not good at it. He expects us to make sacrifices. It would be improper of us to say to Jehovah that we loved him, but didn't like going house to house, so we'd just do business territory or phone witnessing. Being a witness means u should be active in all avenues of service, not just the ones you find comfortable.-
Immediately I got my guard up. It seemed absolutely ludicrous to me that we should HAVE to do all kinds of service, regardless of our comfort level or ability. Why on earth, if one excels at something or likes it more, shouldn't he or she concentrate on doing that to serve Jehovah?? If u are good at something and u LIKE it, arne't u more apt to be a little more productive??
What is with this whole service thing? Why isn't it a pleasure to serve Jehovah? Well, apart from the fact that an organization makes the rules... But it just boggles my mind some of the things ssaid from the platform or in comments.
Other examples that touched a nerve:
" You don't need to have special circumstances to pioneer- u need to have special circumstances NOT to pioneer"
" Everyone in Jehovah's organization should want to pioneer."
" Studying the bible with the aid of christian publications will bring u closer to Jehovah."
Then there's the married elder who, from the platform, calls his wife "Sister so&so." Buddy- SHE'S YOUR WIFE NOT YOUR SISTER!!
There's being guilt tripped to make all the meetings as they are provisions from Jehovah thru the faithful and discreet slave...
Anyway, it's not like my husband gets these pet peeves of mine, so I'm sharing them here:)
Hope u don't mind