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What If…

Posted: March 29, 2011 in Leadership, Lessons, vision
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What if all that we have gone through, good and bad, had a bigger purpose?  What if the events of our life was to shape us and mold us into the person God intended us to be?  What if the hurts and pains of life were designed to build our character for something greater in the future?

I know, many of you are reading this and saying…duh, you are just now getting that?  Well, the simple answer is…Yes.  I remember coming out of college and thinking I had the world by the tail.  I was going to have success and change the world (just like the commencement speaker at graduation said I would).  Well after graduation, life started happening and I experienced “the real world” that they never told me about in college.  I complained to God and told Him how he wasn’t playing fair.  I had given up a lot to purse Him and his plan for the world and He was not returning the favor, or was he?

Graduation was nearly 20 years ago and I am a different person than I was back then.  My journey has not been easy and I would not wish it on my worst enemy, however, I wouldn’t trade it.  It has helped shape my character, my competency, and my compassion for others.  Here a few of my lessons I have learned along the journey…

  1. Find the positive in the negative
  2. Be truthful, even if it may hurt.
  3. If you must make a hard decision, do it with integrity.
  4. Don’t judge (my younger years was full of judgement, and it has come back to bite me)
  5. Be patient with others, they are on a journey…just like me
  6. encourage, love and inspire others to be great

There are many more I have learned.  I am sure there are many more I still need to learn.  I haven’t gotten life figured out yet but I will keep adding each lesson I learn into my arsenal.  Life is still hard at times, however, I am on the journey to something great.

I am just curios…What have you learned?

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120626_3538My years of ministry have been a huge learning experience. There are more things that are not taught than the things that are taught in the 4 years of college. About the time I think I have things figured out, something always brings me to the humble realization, I HAVE NOTHING FIGURED OUT!
One of the tools I have tried to use for learning is watching others. Watching others ha helped me learn what to do or what not to do. I take paper notes and metal notes on others failures and success. These are things to help me, because the Bible says, “there is nothing new under the sun,” and I know I wll expereince similar moments and I better know what to do and what not to do in specific moments.
Over the past 15 years, I have compiled a lot of data in my heart and mind, that if ever i get the chance to lead a church, I have a way I would like to do it. I came to these ideas by watching others. I have been like a starving man at a buffet, picking what I like and leaving what I don’t.
This week I had an amazing experience at the ARC (Association of Related Churches) roundtable. I met a pastor, Rick Bezet, Lead pastor at http://www.newlifechurch.tv. He described his experience and his journey on his philiosophy of ministry, and it was identical to mine. As I listened to this guy give out practical nuggets, one right after another, God begin to show me that He was preparing my heart, from the beginning, for a ministry beyond anything I could imagine.
A friend asked me what I thought of the roundtable. I said, “I feel like I have entered a cave and though I had a pretty good idea of my way around, I wasn’t completely sure. As I starting walking through the cave, I started seeing the cave drawings of those that had gone before me and they were the drawings I had drawn in my heart.” You see, I have been formulating a way of ministry in my heart but have not seen someone have all of the areas that I have been crafting. Oh, there are great men, who I look up to, that have some of the components but I had not found one that had all of the components, until this week. Rick, was the cave writings on the wall that confirmed in my heart. I have heard from God and He has been placing those drawings in my heart from the beginning, and it works.
If you ever get a chance to visit Little Rock, AK, you need to visit the church. You will be challeneged to take a look at how you do things.