Wow. I just realized that I had a blog and totally forgot about it. Forgive me for not keeping up with it. I believe now would be a good time to update.
This morning I read half of my postings on the blog and I was amazed. Amazed at what? How God has brought me from one place to another and to where I am today.
21 years of ministry. Seems like only yesterday I was asked to teach a small men’s bible study class using materials from a Promise Keepers booklet. God has brought me through some real good stuff. But He has also brought me through and out of really hard stuff. I used to think that those “hard” experiences were a waste of my time. But now that I look back and after reading some of my past postings….those “hard experiences” were my “stepping stones” to where I am today.
If you are reading this and you was a former member of any church that I served for and with. Whether I was part of the administration or leadership team, pastor or ministry leader, or part of an outreach team…this is for you. You know who you are.
Let me formerly say that I am proud of serving with you. No matter the “hard experiences” or good ones…God taught all of us a lesson while we served together. Romans 8:28 is clear on that…”For we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” While I admit, for some people that I served with…I felt the time was wasted…but the Lord was teaching me several things: patience, kindness, and the practice of unity.
Every ministry that I have served in has brought you and me to where we are today. God has brought me to Alabama to help strengthen the Deaf ministry work here. So far its been a challenge but the Lord has given us some great people with great potential to do His work. Once again…God is reminding me of patience, kindness, and the practice of unity.
The one thing that God is putting on my heart more lately above the other three is HEALING. The folks that I am serving at this time and for the past year or so…are in great need of that. So many people have been hurt by “hard experiences” that I feel some have not shifted their awareness to know that these “hard experiences” are “stepping stones” as well. WOW! I just experienced that myself while serving in 21 years of ministry.
And we sometimes wonder and ask God…”why put me through this?” instead maybe, today…we need to ask God…”OK, with this experience…How can I learn from this and help You?”