Are you ready for another gut-honest glimpse into my heart & life? … Hmmm, I’m not sure I am either! But, here it goes!
1] I get calls, letters, emails and facebook messages EVERY week from missionaries seeking financial support. Oh man, I wish I could give them ALL money – I really do! And, when I tell them that I’m a missionary too (I really am), they don’t always seem to understand or believe me. Yes, I have a USA address but our work is totally missions — we must raise support monthly just to keep going! Yet, we still support missionaries and other church plants. Would you like to support us??
2] My wife is my hero and my family is my sanity.
3] “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble” Proverbs 13:20 … wow, is this verse ever becoming true to me.
4] One of the biggest differences between youth ministry and adult ministry is the “buy-in”… when you win a teenager, they give their everything: dedication, loyalty, passion, time and joy. You experience growth and strength when this takes place. Adults tend to be cautious & guarded with their commitment. Of course they have more responsibilities and distractions but they also adapt into consumers. The church should be happy when they’re there but not bug them when they’re not. Rather than rolling up sleeves and making it the best, they often just move about finding what they’re looking for at the time. This doesn’t apply to ALL. But, certainly must be considered in how we lead.
5] About this time of the winter, I begin to long for Siesta Key (our family vacation spot). The sun, sand and surf would feel SO wonderful right now! I think I’ll pause right here and day dream… (10 minutes have elapsed) Ok, that will hold me over for now!
6] The ministry that you are SUPER passionate about is GREAT! But, it’s NOT the only way to do it or ONLY thing that needs to be done. Just because God has you doing something that you’re totally committed to; doesn’t mean He can’t have someone else (another church/ministry) totally excited about something else. Stay on point with what you’re doing & refuse to be offended IF others don’t applaud.
7] Last week I spent time talking & praying with three key people: a mentor, a co-laborer and a young leader. I drove over 8 hours, spent money and opened up my life to others. These encounters were WAY overdue and I’m committed to doing this more & more. I need ALL 3 in my life! WE ALL DO!
*Even the Apostle Paul had these three relationships in: Barnabas, Silas and Timothy (and others). We also have to understand that it takes both people in each of these relationships in order for it to work. I recently had a relationship that no longer was meaningful or helpful to the other person and they needed to go another direction. Ouch? Yes. But, ultimately I must move forward with healthy, mutually beneficial relationships. I’m doing that!
8] One last quote: When FEAR prays, it becomes COURAGE!
*Thanks for reading! IF you want to comment on one (or more points), please refer to it by number! Looking forward to the conversation!