A Southern Pastor Daily Meditation: My Ministry of Life

Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

When we lay our heads down at night, what is the thing that keeps us from immediately falling into a deep, peaceful sleep? Our review of the day we just lived is often a stumbling block which we revisit, interpret, and judge in great detail before we can find the solace of true rest. We are our own worst critics, replaying every action which may not have resulted in exactly what we intended. We relive conversations where the words that came out of our mouth did not sound the way they sounded in our head.

Fortunately, we do not face each day alone, and our words and actions do not have to be pleasing to everyone we meet. We have a solid rock of balance and redemption which can only be found in the Divine. We do not have to always get it right, and maybe more importantly, we do not have to face intense scrutiny from anyone on the actions and words from our day. There is only one standard by which we are to analyze the ministry of our life: were we pleasing in the eyes of God?

My ministry of life may not be pleasing to you, and the decisions I make or the actions I take may not be those you would have chosen for me. But as long as I strive to have the “words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart” be pleasing to the Lord I serve, then the life I live will be the ministry and mission it was intended to be.

Many Blessings!


Melanie Tubbs is a professor, pastor, mother, Mimi, and true Arkansas woman. She lives with nine cats and one dog on a quiet hill in a rural county where she pastors a church and teaches history at the local university. Her slightly addictive personality comes out in shameful Netflix binges and a massive collection of books. Vegetarian cooking, reading mountains of books for her seminary classes, and crocheting for the churches prayer shawl ministry take up most of her free time, and sharing the love of Christ forms the direction of her life. May the Peace of Christ be with You.