1. God is not working in your life.
Archives For May 2009
Last night about a dozen of us went out and cleaned up trash on the roadside. We were assigned a stretch of road that actually includes the area right out in front of the church property, so that was pretty convenient. It’s a funny thing, picking up someone else’s trash.
Several years ago, I had my first marathon running experience. It hurt. The first half was great – the second half felt like bone on bone every step. Since running my marathon, I have run pretty sporadically, but known that I would eventually take up the running torch again. It seems that one thing or another always seems to derail my efforts, though. A couple weeks ago a softball strain derailed the uptake a little bit, which may make me seem very old and maybe even a little decrepit, but I am making a statement here and now that I am going to run another marathon. There, now it’s public. I have to.
I’ve liked what I’ve read from Craig Groeschel’s Confessions of a Pastor so far. The transparent honesty is encouraging. The very first few pages describe the making of an impostor out of his own life, and he describes what he calls the “pastor’s mystique” – a mistaken notion of church leadership that he bought into. It’s the idea that people want to see their pastor “as superhuman, better than the average person. Church members want to believe your marriage is always strong, your faith never falters, and you are virtually without sin.”
Reading through Matthew 10, you find Jesus sending His disciples out with a message: “The kingdom in near.” They were given authority by Jesus to drive out demons, heal the sick and even raise the dead back to life! It’s important to notice that they were sent to “the lost sheep of Israel” with their message, not yet to the uttermost parts.
Last night, I was perhaps more disappointed/discouraged with ministry than I’ve ever been before. If it weren’t for some awesome stuff that’s happened over the past couple months, a renewed sense of the incredible potential here, and an awareness of how Satan is so deceptive… I’d probably have been drafting a resignation letter last night.
My wife and I have been sponsoring children through Compassion since we were on Ramen noodle rations in college. Several times, the kids have grown out of the program while we sponsored them and we started over with another child. I’ve also encouraged several of my students and others that I know to help Compassion give hope to children all over the world.
Paul had some pretty serious mettle to say what he said in 1 Cor. 11:1. After dealing with some pretty touchy issues that had to do with actions that may be offensive to somebody, he said “Follow my examply… Imitate me, as I imitate Christ.” The only way he could say that is that he knew he was living like Christ.
As part of winding down of the school year, Emily had her first track meet today. Kids from 5 or 6 of the elementary schools in the area come to the Middle School and get to run on the track. They’re all excited (maybe just because they’re not stuck in a classroom and they know the year’s almost done), parents are excited, teachers are a little frazzled trying to get everyone where they need to be at the right time – but they’re excited too!