Sunday, November 7, 2010
Today has been a good day. We were graced with a little cooler weather, church was 3 1/2 hours long, so we got lots of church in today. Jim did a little project at the house this afternoon, Ray's back flared up a little so we had to get him to the house a little early, and I spent the afternoon in meetings with leadership. We made some tremendous headway, one of the the many aspects of a growing church is the load it places on leadership. We have an amazing team on the ground here in St. Marc, but they are also human. We were able to unpack some frustrations and give some guidance for growth in the future. This work is amazing that is happening right now, and the most incredible part is that people's lives are being changed. You want to move into harms way, try interfering in the vicious cycle that destroys peoples lives. It's hard to believe we are moving into the last two days of our trip, at least our on the ground time here. Tonight the projector failed me when we tried to show a movie to the church, we pulled out plan "B" and it works. However, it took around 45 minutes. In our country, I would have been booed out of the facility. Here, They took to singing and praying, and it was simply moving. Another great reminder of how out of balance material things can make us. With the advancement of technology, something has happened to break apart our understanding and appreciation of the needful things in life. Our wants become needs and our needs go unmet because we simply neglect them. It's a travesty of who we really are, and what we are meant to do. Listening to them sing tonight stirred something deep within me, and my frustration at the projector melted with the onslaught of their appeal to the deeper things of life. Of worship, of relationship, of common sharing of the heart. Let go of the frustration tonight driven by 'things', focus on the deep seated needs of your heart and those you are meant to touch, worship God, love supremely, live deeply. The shallow pool of materialism will dry up and run out, if you live in that pool, prepare to thirst long and often. As for me, I'm headed to the deep oceans, I'll risk my chances in the deep, where God's storehouse of love will never run dry! Be blessed this Sunday evening.
Posted by Pastor at 7:29 PM