Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

       A pastor friend of mine told me once that the sanctuary of his church had a LARGE clock in it. It was in a prominent spot, right along the side where everyone could see it, and was a memorial gift, given in the name of a former patriarch of the church. For those of you who don’t know, a clock in the sanctuary is a dangerous thing to feature so prominently. The folks in the pews tend to focus on the clock instead of the worship. They begin to time the services and complain if they go even a few minutes long. The focus slowly switches from being all about God to being all about getting to lunch on time. So…he MOVED the clock  to the back of the room, where no one could see it without craning their necks. To help them move away from that focus on time, he spent hours writing a sermon about slowing down, about taking time, about focusing on what was important. He labored and labored over that sermon, until he felt it was nearly perfect. Then…he delivered it! He felt that the people in the pews were hanging on every word. He felt that they were very invested in the message. He felt that he had truly reached them with his thoughts of slowing down and taking time to be holy. To put the period on that sentence, he had chosen just that hymn, Take Time To Be Holy, to end the service. He finished preaching, said “amen”, and sat down with a great sense of satisfaction- job well done! It was at that moment his worship leader stood up, stepped to the microphone, and announced, “due to the time, we will sing Take Time To Be Holy…verses 1 and 4″! Sometimes, you JUST…CAN’T…WIN!!

     Now, let me confess that I am OFTEN bound to the clock! So, where is YOUR focus? Does the clock dictate what you do? Are you so bound by your calendar that you miss much of…life? There is a HUGE difference between the important and the urgent. SOMETIMES they are the same thing, but usually they are NOT! The urgent will always pull at you, insisting that you give all your attention to it. Meanwhile, the important is sitting on the sideline, being neglected. The urgent might be the phone ringing, the deadline looming, the people demanding your time- any number of things. The important might be your faith, your family, your health- any number of things. The key is to sort out those two lists- know the difference between them. The more stroke you give the urgent, the more it will demand. Likewise, the more you ignore the important, the deeper the hole gets. Today, take time to be holy (ALL the verses)! Weigh the urgent things- if they truly need your attention, give it. But make sure you take time for the important things in your life. Now, if you’ll excuse me, my phone is ringing, someone’s at the door, and I have an appointment in 3 minutes! Have a great day, let me know what you think (Twitter, Facebook, email, ratings, and comments are all on this page), and stick with Jesus!

Jesus: The Delegator

    Fresh out of business
school, the young man answered a want ad for an accountant. Now he was being
interviewed by a very nervous man who ran a small
business that he had
started himself. “I need someone with an accounting degree,” the man said. “But
mainly, I’m looking for someone to whom I can delegate my worrying.” “Excuse
me?” the young accountant said. “I worry about a lot of things,” the man said.
“But I don’t want to have to worry about money, so I want to delegate that to
you. Your job will be to take all the money worries off my back.” “I see,” the
young accountant said. “And how much does this delegated job pay?” “I will
start you at $100,000/year.” “$100,000/year!” the young accountant exclaimed.
“How can such a small business afford a sum like that?” “That will be your 1st
worry!”

We are in the 8th week
of our current sermon series, “Who Is JC? Based on a book by Bishop William
Willimon, this series attempts to peel back the shiny, pristine veneer we use
to cover Jesus and see who He really is…and some of it is surprising,
shocking. The 1st week He was a Vagabond. The 2nd week he was a Peacekeeper.
The 3rd week it was a Storyteller. The 4th week- a Party Person. The 5th week
it was a Magician. The 6th week- a Sovereign. Last week- a Homewrecker. Today
Jesus is a Delegator.

Author and humorist
James Boren once said, “When in doubt…mumble; when in charge… delegate.” What
does it MEAN to delegate? According to the dictionary, to delegate means to
empower another person to act. Delegation is the act of enabling someone else
to accomplish a task.  Delegation says, “I believe in you. I believe
you’re capable of following through on this responsibility or task.”
 Delegation says, “We’re part of a team.”  Delegation in
the church helps others find their niche in ministry.  Delegation helps
develop new abilities and a deeper sense of contribution. To delegate to others
expands their level of competence and confidence.

Although delegating sounds
like one of the simplest things in the world to do…it can be one of the hardest
to accomplish. Often, our attitudes interfere with our ability to effectively
delegate. We tend to think things like, “Delegating is really just
relinquishing.” Dumping tasks on someone else without any effort to foster
their success is relinquishment.  Proper delegation isn’t anything like
that–it’s actually hard work. But if you fail to delegate because you want to
save time in the short term, there’s likely to be a time in the future when you’re
overloaded with work and don’t have anyone prepared to help you.

We also think,
“Delegating means giving up power and control.”  I would argue- not
when done properly.  Effective delegation involves retaining control over
the end result. In addition, delegating frees up time that you can use to
pursue new, innovative projects that make you more valuable to God.  Maybe
we think, “If I delegate I become nonessential.”  We fear that
we’ll lose our value, so subconsciously we decide that the best way to deal
with that fear is to hold others back. Or we think, “It’d be SO much
easier to just do it myself.  What I can do in 10 minutes will take 30 if
I have to teach someone else how to do it. If you want something done right, do
it yourself.” But when we think like that, we aren’t seeing the big
picture, we’re not thinking of the long-term benefits. A SHEPHERD can only lead
so many sheep- no one to delegate to. But the number of sheep a RANCHER can
manage is only limited by his ability to delegate to his ranch hands.  

Since the beginning of
creation, God has been delegating- empowering others to accomplish a task.
 Psalm 8 says, “What is man that you are mindful of him…You made
him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his
feet.”  God entrusted His creation to…us…and through us He’s
going to accomplish His plan. God made the animals, but He delegated to us the
job of naming them, taking care of them.  He designed the ark, but
entrusted Noah with the job of building it.  If God, the Creator of the
universe, entrusts His creation to us, shouldn’t we be more willing to act on
it?

In Exodus 18 we learn
about the “Jethro Principle” (not to be confused, of course, with the
“Ellie Mae Principle”!)…another approach to delegation.  Moses is the
leader of hundreds of thousands of Israelites. He serves as the judge for the
people, and they stand around him all day long…he is basically overwhelmed.
But his father-in-law, Jethro, gives him some timely advice:  “Select
capable individuals from all the people and appoint them as officials over
thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. This will make your load lighter,
because they will share it with you.”

Educator Howard
Hendricks once noted, “Any time you do for someone else what they are
capable of doing for themselves, you are helping to create an emotional
cripple.”  As Christians, our job is to develop good leaders, not
just willing followers.  God wants His people serving…ALL His people.
Christian leaders are developed as God entrusts us with greater levels of
responsibility and decision-making. However, many people simply don’t delegate,
or respond to delegation, well. But Jesus is not like many people! He’s NOT,
for instance, like preachers who can’t ever let go of the reins of power and
delegate important tasks. Jesus is a delegator.  He really does authorize
us to act for Him, to act LIKE Him, and He empowers us to do so.  

In the Gospels, Jesus
offers some truths about delegation:

1. Delegation is a trust-
the one delegating AND the one receiving the delegation must trust each other

2. We need to consider a
person’s abilities- setting someone up for failure is never helpful

3. Faithfulness in a few
things is a prerequisite for being in charge of many things- empower someone to
carry out a relatively simple task. If they succeed, they are ready for greater
things.

Let’s look at one of the best-known, widest-impacting Scriptures about
delegating:
Matthew 28:16-20– Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to
the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17 When they saw him, they
worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All
authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We can learn a lot from
Jesus’ approach as a delegator of ministry in this passage.

What He asked His
disciples to do was something He had already modeled for them.

But notice the specifics
he gave them revolved around vision- an overall approach.

He gave very little
direction on the how-to of the ministry itself – no detailed instructions. They
had seen Him model all of that, and He was encouraging them to be free to use
their own judgment and be who they were as they did ministry. This is a
Deploy-and-Debrief form of ministry training- as opposed to training them for
years on every hypothetical situation before letting them try it. He gives them
authority and power – this is key for delegation. He reminds them to stay focused;
at the end of the day it’s more about their message and their faith and less
about fancy bells and whistles. Jesus delegates authority to all believers to
act in His name–to heal and prophesy, cast out demons, raise the dead, do all
manner of things as we exercise the gifts of the Holy Spirit. And the authority
for these things comes from Jesus.

Jesus doesn’t dumb down
discipleship.  He raises the bar pretty high…high enough that we can’t
get over it without His Divine Intervention…and lots of it.  Jesus
invites Himself into our lives, gets us prepped, delegates His mission to us,
and the next thing you know we’re Christians on the move.

There are 2 main goals
of delegation
:
1. Success- failure is
seldom a good motivator in taking on new responsibilities

2. Development- raising
competence, confidence and faithfulness in others

There are 3 types of delegation:
1. Directing- giving a
specific job with intermittent deadlines to ensure success.

2. Coaching- enabling
someone to design their plan, with coaching and advice, until the job is done.

3. Authorization- simply
turning a task over to someone who is capable and ready.  

There are 6 steps to
delegating
:
1. Indentify needs
2. Select the best
person for the job- trust is one of the best forms of motivation

3. Define guidelines and
potential pitfalls

4. Establish levels of accountability
and evaluation

5. Identify available resources

6. Turn them loose!
In the end, you can
delegate authority, but you can’t delegate responsibility. You can give others
the power to do things on your behalf, but, no matter who does something wrong
or right, the final responsibility always lies with the one delegating
authority. In common parlance, “Blame rolls uphill.”
When we DO exercise the gifts of the Holy Spirit with love, when
we DO make disciples for Christ, when we DO share the Word of God with
authority and power, then God is glorified. The best way to glorify Jesus is to
obey Him, follow Him, imitate His ways.  Reading Scripture is great…but
it’s not enough.  We have to get up, get out, and get moving.

Jesus didn’t come to
meet our every demand, make all our wishes come true, or ‘complete us’.
 He came to enlist us in bringing in the Kingdom. Jesus is not here to
help us get what we want out of God; He’s here to see that God gets what He
wants out of us. Jesus doesn’t say “please love Me”, or “please agree with Me-
He says “follow Me…and I’ll make you fishers of the most slippery eels to
catch- people.” And through faithful fulfillment of a delegated
responsibility, we experience the joy that comes from having God use us. 
And we, as it all turns out, are God’s hands and feet in the world.  

     Thanks for stopping by- I pray you have a blessed Sunday! Please make sure and come back again tomorrow, and stick with Jesus!

The Grass Is ALWAYS Greener…Or Is It?

     It was my first day at my new church- now more than 5 years ago. I had moved from a very urban area near St. Louis to a village (albeit a quickly growing village) in central Illinois. I had also, in the week of the move, experienced the following: Tuesday- lost my mom to cancer, Wednesday- loaded everything we owned into a moving van, Thursday- had our stuff driven to our new home in Central Illinois and unloaded while we drove to southern Missouri for my mom’s funeral, Friday- performed my mom’s funeral, Saturday- drove from southern Missouri to central Illinois (with a stop in the St. Louis area to pick up our other car and rescue our dog from the kennel), Sunday- attended the funeral of a parishioner at my new church, Monday- started work! Which brings me back to where I started this blog- my first day at my new church. I left the house and drove to Casey’s for a cup of coffee on my way in (the coffee was, as I recall…STOUT!), and then went to the church. The Office Administrator and the Youth Director had made a “welcome” sign that was on the door as I came in- a very pleasant thing to find. I spent the day doing “new pastor” stuff (which, by the way, goes on for a while when you move to a new church!), and then went home at the end of the day. My wife (wonderful woman that she is) met me at the door with, “Well…how was it?” I sighed, looked at her, and said, “Well, as best I can tell, this is Mayberry, the church is the courthouse…and I’m Sheriff Taylor!” (Now, if you ATTEND my church, before you get upset, let me clarify! First of all, I LOVE The Andy Griffith Show! Second, remember that I had just moved from a large church in a very urban area AND lost my mom. Third, you KNOW that I LOVE this church and this town!) That night,  as I lay in bed, I wondered how this town could EVER adjust to…me! (When we first arrived, one of the youth looked at me and looked at my then long-haired older son and said, “I don’t know what to think! My pastor has an earring and his son looks like Jesus!) But I can say that this town and this church has been SO welcoming and SO loving to me and my family. They have truly “thought outside the box” and accepted this shaved-headed, earring-wearing, rock-drumming United Methodist minister better than I EVER imagined they would or could!
     So many people say, “If only I pastored THAT church”, or “if only I had THAT job”, or “if only I had married THAT person”, or…or…or…! We tend to live our lives in the shadowy realm of “if only”. But it seems to me, if we waste all out time and energy wishing we were somewhere else doing something else with someone else, we miss all the wonder, beauty and grace that God has for us right where we are. I believe that we are where we are for a reason. What that reason is…who knows; or quien sabe, as the Spanish say. Perhaps the correct answer to that is “Dio sabe”- God knows. Here’s what I know (pay attention- it’s ALL I know!), rather than wish your life away…focus on the here and the now. Do the absolute best with the hand you have been currently dealt. Try to make the most of EVERY opportunity, EVERY encounter, EVERY moment. Then, when it’s time to move on to the next “new thing”, you can do so confident that you have done your best where you were. Find yourself in a situation that isn’t what you’d hoped it would be? I have 3 simple words for you- bloom where you’re planted. (Wait! 1, 2, 3…shoot, that’s FOUR words…but you get the idea! I’m a pastor, not a math whiz!) Give life all you can give…you won’t be disappointed. Now, if you’ll excuse me, Ernest T. Bass and Floyd the Barber just came in- I have to go! Have a great day, bloom where you’re planted, share this with others, and stick with Jesus!

What ARE “Proverbial Bats”?

   About 10 years ago, I FINALLY went to have  (ready?) my FIRST adult eye exam! (The one at the DMV doesn’t count-  if you can recognize the faintest of colors and shapes, you’re gold!) At the time, I was squinting down to about 20/20 (or so I thought), but it was getting harder and harder to read things (and when you speak for a living…reading is rather important!) So, I went to a local eyeglass place where a parishioner was the tech who made the glasses. First, I had my eye exam. (#1 or #2? #3 or #4?) Then…they photographed my retina! If you’ve never had that done, imagine looking into the very core of the sun…then multiply that by about 12! They bring you into a darkened room, sit you in a chair, have you look into a special hole…and they totally FRY your retina! But just one! Then, with one eye “normal” and the other eye feeling as if it were ON FIRE, they send you stumbling out into the waiting room to let the 1st eye “adjust” so they can bring you BACK in and do the 2nd eye! Who are they fooling?! Fry my retina ONCE- shame on you! Fry my retina  TWICE- shame on me! Believe me when I say you are NOT terribly motivated to have the 2nd one done! Perhaps it should be like when they pierce little girls’ ears at Claire’s- one person on each side and they shoot the gun simultaneously- get it over with all at once! But no, I went back in and had a nuclear reactor shot into my 2nd eye! Then, once I had been COMPLETELY blinded, I was sent out to talk with my parishioner/tech. She looked at the results of the eye test, looked at me and said, “How in the world did you see enough to walk IN here?!” Apparently the squinting wasn’t as successful as I thought it was! I picked out some frames, got them filled, and have had glasses ever since. (When I went for my 2nd pair of glasses, I had ALREADY made the jump to bifocals!)
      I often say it would almost be worse to lose my wallet than my glasses. The wallet  and it’s contents can be replaced, but with no glasses I would be unable to read anything well enough to replace those items! Without my glasses, I’m as blind as the proverbial bat (and WHAT does that mean- proverbial bat? Are there bats that go around spouting pithy proverbs all day? I don’t think so!) Although I have to slide the glasses up and down my nose when I lay in bed and watch TV (if you don ‘t know why, you DON’T have bifocals!), I can basically see everything with great clarity through them. Without them, that clarity drops precipitously and I look at the world through severely frosted lenses. I often think that’s the way we look at the world, glasses or no glasses. We KNOW the way we are to act, we KNOW the things we are to do, but we allow ourselves to look through the cloudy lens, ignoring the “right thing”. I have people say to me, “I don’t know what God wants me to do, pastor.” I think MOST of us have a pretty good idea what God wants of us- we just choose to ignore it and hope it will go away. Being good is HARD, while being bad (or even just benign) is easy by comparison. And yet, if we are never willing to step out in faith and live the life God has for us, we have NO hope of reaching our full potential as humans. Life not always working out the way you had hoped? Tired of looking through the frosted lens? The definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing and expect different results. Step out in faith, live the life God has for you. To get what you’ve never had, you have to do what you’ve never done! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and clean my glasses! Have a great day, share this with others, and stick with Jesus!

If THAT’S a Dog’s Life…I WANT It!

  We have another girl in our house that I don’t mention very often- Zoey. She is a black lab/English pointer mix…and she’s a big goofball! When he was 5 years old, our youngest son said, “You got my brother a dog when HE was 5. Well, I’M 5…” We had lost our last dog heartbreakingly after several years and weren’t sure we were ready for another dog, so we ignored it as best we could until he was 6…at which time it was simply impossible to ignore any longer! So we decided it was time. My poor wife had our last dog, a HUGE black German shepherd, named Bud, kind of pushed on her, so we decided she should get to pick the dog this time. We also decided it would be best if we went to the Humane Society WITHOUT our son to pick a dog! So, off we went. We got there, and BOY was it hard. All the dogs wanted to go home with us…and we wanted to take them all home! We looked around, and Zoey really caught our eye. In fact, we had seen her picture on the internet before we even came in. We took her out of her pen and into a room where we could play with her and get to know her a bit. She seemed like a good dog, but she was bigger than the lap dog my wife wanted, so we put her back and kept looking. We came upon two beagles in the same pen. They were older, with grey around their muzzles and little bandannas tied around their necks, and the sign said they needed to be adopted together. As we neared their pen, the female sat up on her haunches and begged (literally) for us to take them! We decided that, if we were getting a dog for ourselves and not our 6-year old, we would have gone home with two beagles that day! Meanwhile, Zoey was beside herself in her pen, standing up on her hind legs and  saying, “Hey! What are you doing? I CHOSE you! You can stop looking!” We eventually came to that same conclusion and made the necessary arrangements to get her. She was a year and a half old when we got her, and the vet said she would keep her “puppy enthusiasm” until she was about three. Well, apparently she hasn’t received that memo yet, because she just turned 6 on valentine’s Day and shows NO signs of slowing down! And yet she is, for all her hyperactiveness, devoted, loving, smart, and a great addition to our family. She is even such a little cupcake that she has her own bed! (However, she still sneaks up on the couch when she thinks we’re not looking!)
     I have never experienced the blessing of adopting a child, but I can only imagine, from the joy we receive from our furry adopted “baby”, what it must be like. Have you ever thought about the fact that God is our adoptive parent? We all have biological parents who brought us into this world. But we all also have the opportunity to have an adoptive parent- God. We constantly look around, checking out all the options available to us, searching for that intangible thing that is missing from our lives. Meanwhile, God is there all the time, looking at us with eyes that say, “Why are you looking at other options? I already chose you! You can stop looking and come home!” What an AMAZING thing to consider…God CHOSE you! No matter what other people think of you, no matter who has rejected you, no matter what you’ve done or left undone, God…chose…you! He has reserved a place just for you. He knows everything about you…and still loves you, warts and all. He is devoted, loving, smart, and a great addition to your family! Struggling to find your place in the world? Have those days when you wonder how anyone could love you? Wonder sometimes if it’s all worth it? Wonder no more! God chose you, and life is so much more worth living when you realize that! Now, please excuse me. The dog is standing at the door,  her leash in her mouth, saying, “Please step away from the laptop! I NEED to go!” Have a great day, pet your pet if you have one, share this with someone, and stick with Jesus!

Just Chillaxin’!

     When I announced, at the age of 35, that I was going into the ministry, my then 9-year old son said, “Awesome!” Thinking that he had some sort of theological epiphany, I encouraged him to say more about why he thought that would be awesome. His reply? “You only work ONE day a week!” Yep…that’s right! I only work for a few hours on Sunday morning and the rest of the week I watch soap aperas and eat bon-bons with my feet up- what a life! Actually the ministry is few very ODD profession in many ways. I remember in my younger days swearing that I would NEVER have a job where I had to work a split shift. So what do I do? I have my mid-life crisis a bit early, quit my job, willingly go to seminary, spend three years as a full-time student, full time parent/husband, and nearly full-time pastor (almost killing myself in the process!), just so I can…wait for it…work split shifts! I spend mornings in the office, followed by afternoons either at home working on the computer or out making calls. THEN, I often go back to church at night for meetings, counseling, rehearsal, etc. Never work a split shift, huh? I have learned this- DON’T tell God what you’re NOT going to do…unless of course you REALLY want to end up doing it! You may have noticed that, despite my claim that this is a DAILY blog, nothing got posted yesterday, NOT coincidentally Sunday! First- I had the best of intentions! But the road to…where is that?…is paved with good intentions! Between a full morning at church, an afternoon with our Senior Citizens group, and an evening at the hospital with a young parishioner, life just…got in the way, as it is oft to do!
     Does that ever happen to you? You start the day with the best laid plans, yet when your head hits the pillow at the end of the day, you realize that most of those plans still reside solely on your to-do list, unchecked and unfinished. When that happens, you have to evaluate WHY that’s the case. If they remain undone because you simply didn’t feel like it, that’s one things to consider. However, if they reamain undone because other equally important things came up that required you attention…go with the flow. A plan is great, but if you’re not flexible, life is really hard! As I say in church (almost every Sunday), “The bulletin is JUST a suggestion!” This week, start each day with a plan- but be open to God nudging you in a different direction.
     Thanks for stopping by- I pray you have a blessed day! Please make sure and come back again tomorrow, and stick with Jesus!

Dream a Little Dream

     I was going to be an actor. I knew that, at some level, from the time I was old enough to know better. I was ALWAYS putting on shows, doing magic tricks, playing drums…whatever…as long as it was in front of people…entertaining. When I was in Junior High, a group from the High School brought a play they were doing to our school and performed part of it in our gym. If I wasn’t smitten before…I sure was then! I couldn’t wait to get to High School so I could be in the plays. I got there…and promptly missed the auditions for the 1st show of the year! BUT…I was NOT to be defeated! I made sure I knew when the next auditions were. I tried out, and got cast…as @ different characters, no less! I was walk-on #7 and  walk-on #11! No lines, nothing to do but…walk on…and stand there. I don’t mean to brag, but I was good! (NOBODY stands and walks like me!!) From there, the roles got a bit bigger with every play. I NEVER missed a performance, 3 plays and a musical each year, my entire High School career…until the LAST one my SENIOR year! (Ouch!) I was…not cast AND I was NOT happy! But, I sucked it up and took the Stage Manager job (I ROCKED it hard, if I do say so myself!!) 
     Then, it was on to college. I played drums for all 5 “Mainstage” shows that year (everyone thought I was a music major!) in addition to acting in 2 other shows. I was cast more and more throughout college until I had both a co-starring role AND a title role my senior year.
     Then I moved into the professional ranks, and that, of course, is tough! I did some live theater (including a starring role) as well some TV commercials. Then I got the chance to be the Business Manager of a theater in St. Louis. It was a steady gig, with decent pay and benefits, and it allowed me to continue to audition for acting jobs. So, I took it. And that began the slow drift away from my dream of acting. The job, while challenging, interesting and fun (I once got to write a check for $40,000 and deliver it to Jay Leno!), was demanding and really DIDN’T allow much time to pursue acting.
     Meanwhile, I got married (to the most awesome woman in the world, thank you very much!) and got a house. Decent job IN THE BIZ (as “they say!), great wife, house…all was well. Then, the theater changed hands and the “new broom swept clean”! I was unemployed…with a house payment. I literally stumbled into the photography business, as a way to pay the bills, and ended up staying there 8+ years, climbing the corporate ladder to become an Area Manager, with the responsibility of 20 studios spread over 4 states. I was doing well, there was room for more advancement…but I was NOT satisfied in the least. I had strayed SO far from my dream…it was obvious I would never get back to it. That’s when God started working on me!
     NEVER a religious sort, I started going to church just to appease my wife. And slowly, God started chipping away at my skeptical heart. After several years of trying HARD to avoid the call I clearly felt God placing on my life, I finally relented…just so He’d leave me alone!! And once I made that commitment…amazing things started to happen. My home church volunteered to pay part of my tuition. As I’ve shared before, a church I had NO connection to let us use a house they owned…free of charge! AND…God showed me ways to use the gifts and graces for performance I had. I began to play drums at church- which I have continued to this day! I began to introduce creative approaches to the worship services. I wrote and directed and performed in an original Classic Rock musical based on the life of Jesus. Let’s see- acting, writing, directing, playing drums, performing magic, juggling, speaking in front of hundreds of people on a regular basis…this is starting to sound A LOT like what my dream was! That’s when it hit me- God had been preparing me all that time for just such a time s this. The gifts and graces I honed in college theater WERE to be used- just not in the venue I imagined. I get to do ALL that AND serve God as a pastor at the same time. How blessed is that?!
     Do you ever feel you have given up on your dreams? Maybe you, like me, just kept beating your head against the wall, trying to pursue those dreams, until finally you said, “Enough is enough!” and chucked it all, only to “settle” for something that feeds the family…but NOT the soul. I’m here to say, “Don’t give up.” Maybe God has a plan for you to pursue those dreams in a way you never even imagined. Maybe God has GREAT things in store for you…the timing just isn’t quite right yet. Pray about it. Ask God to reveal to you the plans He has. It may be revealed in a flash…or it may take some time. Be patient. I didn’t begin my career as a minister until I was 35 years old. God is NOT finished with you yet. hang in there- better days are ahead!
     Thanks for stopping by today. I pray you have a blessed day. Please make sure and stop by again tomorrow, and stick with Jesus!