George Under Pressure
George is in the thick of his seminary studies — so engrossed that he falls asleep right at the dinner table. His studies and the demands on his life are taking him away from his family, and severely straining their finances. All of this is putting tremendous pressure on George. So Jimmy, Donna and Mary Barclay decide to force George to relax by kidnapping him and taking him on a picnic. Unfortunately, the afternoon is a disaster — one of the worst afternoons they’ve ever spent together.
Later, George complains to Jack Allen. Jack tells George that he and his family are not alone. Jack says every book he’s ever read about great preachers describes the same pressures. It’s just God’s way of preparing all of them for the ministry. George says that all sounds good, but he can’t believe God would want him to destroy his family by pursuing his ministry dream.
George goes home and tells the family he’s given up on the idea of being a minister. Mary, Donna and Jimmy mean too much to him — he doesn’t want to see them suffer anymore. But they’ve had a meeting of their own and have come to the opposite conclusion. The Barclays all realize they need to rally more around George. They must lift him up in prayer and support him. God almost immediately blesses that decision, for George is offered a position as an interim pastor at the local church. With God’s help, things look like they’ll work out after all.
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- Why do you think it is so hard for George to get through seminary?
- Should the family have taken George away from his studies? Should George have tried to enjoy the afternoon? Explain.
- How has God taken care of you and your family lately?
Heard in episode
|George Barclay||Chuck Bolte|
|Mary Barclay||Carol Bilger|
|Donna Barclay||Azure Janosky|
|Jimmy Barclay||David Griffin|
|Jack Allen||Alan Young|
Mentioned in episode
|Tom Riley||George Barclay|
|Fred Holstein||Jimmy Barclay|
|Bart Rathbone||Jimmy Barclay|
|Mrs. Erskine||Mary Barclay|
|Stewart Reed Barclay||George Barclay|
- It is interesting that this episode is introduced by Tom Riley, since he doesn't appear in the episode. Usually Whit is the only character to introduce episodes he does not appear in. Tom is, however, described as operating behind the scenes during the episode and has a few "silent" cameos on the other end of a handful of phone conversations with George Barclay.
- When George asks "Does anybody know what time it is?" Jimmy responds with "Does anybody really care?" This is a reference to the Chicago song "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"
- It is mentioned in this episode that Tom Riley is both the head deacon at Odyssey Community Church and on the board of directors at the seminary.
- Jimmy refers to the revelation that George was planning to go to seminary in #262: “A Prayer for George Barclay” when he comments in this episode about the last time that George asked the family to sit down.
- Jimmy and Mary joke in this episode about their vacation to Hawaii in #256 – #258: “Aloha, Oy!”.
- For some reason, writer Paul McCusker gave Jimmy several lines of dialogue beginning with "it's just that" throughout this episode.
George Barclay: I decided to take a break from studying and do a cheerier activity! Paying the bills...
Jimmy Barclay: I say we all rise to congratulate Odyssey First Church's new kind of, sort of, in between pastor, for the time being...
Jack Allen: I also know that whenever we're tested, God is also there to give us strength. He never calls us to something He won't empower us to do.
Jimmy Barclay: One for all and all for one. Or something like that.