George Herbert, Country Parson
Izaak Walton, the patron saint of fishing, wrote a beautiful biography of his friend, George Herbert, who served a minister in a small village (Bemerton, England), until his life was cut short.
Herbert's life was a candle, buring bright for Christ.
As a young man, he desired a place in the courts of the King - -and was on the fast track towards such a royal position during the reign of King James.
God had other plans for George, however -- and selected him to serve in HIS court -- The Court of THE King of kings.
George served a small parish, St. Andrew's Church at Bemerton with gladness and wholehearted enthusiasm, demonstrating the love of Christ in all his doings. He considered his small town ministry the most important mission on earth.
He wrote a wonderful book on pastoral work called The Country Parson which is packed with excellent advice for ministers who serve in small places (or large places for that matter.)
I few quotes from Herbert:
"In God and His service is fullness of joy and pleasure."
During a serious illness: "Lord, abate my great affliction or increase my patience."
Here's the best one: "I am bound, so far as it is in my power, to practice what I pray for."