For the ten years we’ve been married, my husband has worked as a youth pastor. In youth ministry years, that’s practically a lifetime. And if you don’t already know him in real life, then whether you admit it or not, you already have an idea of what he might be like. I know you do.

It’s true, we fit many of the stereotypes a couple in ministry might have: I went to Bible college, he went to seminary. I am a sign language interpreter turned author.  He reads commentaries for leisure. We have three kids, a dog, and a white picket fence. It’s mildly ridiculous.

But there are other ways in which we are perhaps nothing like what you might think. Yesterday we talked about how, in many ways, we always think we are the complex and complicated ones and they (whoever they are) are the ones who need to adjust, grow, open their minds. We’re defined by God, but other people have their opinions as well. For those of us in ministry (or anyone, really), how much do we allow their opinions to matter to us?

I was asked to write for Ed Stetzer’s Thursday is for Thinkers spot over at his LifeWay research blog, and let’s just go ahead and state the obvious, I’m not nearly smart enough to post over there. Seriously, I scored way low on the Myers Briggs Thinker scale (Feeler all the way) and also, way low on the SAT back in high school. But we don’t need to talk about that. Needless to say, it’s humbling to be there and I would be ever so thrilled to have you join me. (Read, please join me). The post will go live at 11 EST – would love to have you enter into this conversation.