This Sunday was such a blessing for me! It was Pastor Appreciation Sunday and I am thankful beyond words for my FMBC family. As I looked around yesterday, I truly thought of so many blessings in the church. Here are just a few of them:
- My father delivered the message yesterday – He also was the one who delivered the message at my Ordination service nearly seven years ago. It is a special experience to have your father there with you at such important times in your life.
- Lynn led the service. Lynn was the person who baptized me seven years ago. Not only has he been a deacon, but he is truly a great friend.
- I saw the committee that took a chance on me. Among them were Donna, Ken, and Grace. This committee was given the charge over eight years ago of finding a pastor. I didn’t fit the qualifications – by any means. If you had been one of those on the committee, you might have said no. I am sure that many questioned whether it was the right thing to do. Ken will tell you he questioned whether I could do it or not – since I worked a full time job, was a husband and father of two small children. They decided to take a chance on me. I can’t imagine what my life would have been like had I not been selected. I would have missed out on more blessings than I can count (or even know).
- I saw my family – Wendy and my girls who mean the world to me. They have been blessed with amazing friendships and outstanding role models.
- I saw a choir who truly understands what it is to WORSHIP – not about singing pretty for the world to hear – but to worship the only One who deserves all our worship and praise – God!
- I saw lives that have truly changed. I can’t forget when I was at the point of wondering whether the Lord truly needed me at FMBC any longer. I wanted to make sure that I was following His will and way. I was struggling. Dickie walked down the isle. Seven were baptized and joined the church. When God speaks, He often does it loudly – and I am SO thankful for that!!
- I looked around and saw the people who have touched my life in so many different ways. There are those who have encouraged me. There are those who have given me direction. There are those who have kept me focused. There are those who have been willing to step up and do whatever asked. All of you, I truly love.
This is just the beginning of what I saw yesterday. I could go on for hours (or pages…) and still not include everyone who has been such a vital part of the ministry. But, I sum it up to say that I saw potential. I see potential in myself to love and serve the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I see potential in every person who is a part of this amazing church family – members, visitors, family members, those who are family members of members, etc…
What are we to do? Maybe we start with stirring the water…
I’m ready – how about you?