The Shepherd has taken us on quite a journey. We have lain in green pastures, drank from still water, walked righteous paths, and gone through the valley of the shadow of death. He has fed us, bound our wounds, and overfilled our cups. Now He wants to leave us with a promise to hold onto as we continue on our journey.
It was late in the third quarter, we'd lost our momentum, and we were down by 4 after having a good lead at the half. That's when I heard it... the school band! They had been playing the whole game, but that's when I realized how important they really were. At that moment I enjoyed them, but I also felt sorry for them.
I’ve learned that a dream is only as valuable as the plan for accomplishing it. And I’ve learned that the dream of healthy, deepening relationships with my God, my wife, and my children is of far greater importance. I’ve learned that, even as the odds were stacked against me, God was shaping me and my ministry style. And I’ve learned that the end result of this chapter of my life does not invalidate who I have become and what I have come to value as a leader and pastor.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a 1-day conference in Middle Tennessee at GVBC called 'Stuck.' This was not their first rodeo and you could tell. They knew how to encourage pastors and church ministry leaders. It was well-worth the 400 miles! Kudos to Pastor Locke, the staff, worship team, and the church ladies who took care of the eats! I feel compelled to pass on what I got out of the keynote session.
Herein is true faith. We must trust that God will continue to do what He has promised even when we are unable to be aware of it. We must realize that we might not always remember the One who will never forget. God has promised to keep on remembering us.
We search incessantly for the reasons behind the tragedy... we ask “WHY?” This might give joy, might not. Knowing the reason is NOT ‘Finding Joy.' Joy is not just a fact, it is a person. Phil 4:7 promises the peace that passes understanding ... beyond facts, knowledge, and reason!