Lots of thoughts running through my mind today and this week that deal with life, leadership and faith!
1. We listed our house a few months ago and had an offer to purchase it about a week ago. For a variety of reasons, I think the deal fell apart today – not entirely about price, although we were still several thousand dollars apart. While I know this is a tough housing market for sellers, I don’t want to just give my house away! Life can be difficult to understand at times! Is that bad?
2. I’ve been reading a lot about high performance teams and what makes them that way. Every group of people is not a team and certainly can’t be automatically labled as a high performing one! I’m convinced that Leaders are the deciding factor in allowing teams to understand their mission and purpose and resourcing them to fulfill their roles and meet established goals. Most times leaders get in the way or simply don’t allow their teams to do what they are capable or accomplishing.
3. Cyndi and I had a good discussion this morning about our Faith. Convinced that God has used us over the past 14 months to impact lives, to be a living example for others and to encourage friends. Our circumstances don’t determine our belief in God or whether or not He is a good and gracious God! There are good examples of men of faith in the Bible but often times we don’t want to compare our life situations with them – mainly out of fear that our lives could always be worse! While I still don’t understand this faith journey we are on completely, I do continue to believe that God is in complete control and He knows what is best for us and wants us to be satisfied in Him! Our wait, while significant to us, pales in comparison to that of others!
Each of these could be blog entries on their own – disappointed that I don’t have time today to do just that. And I’ll be away from internet activity for a few days, so checking in will be sporadic!
Each Monday night, Cyndi and I lead a small group discussion group – a Community Group that delves deeper into the weekly message from Dean Inserra at City Church. As a group we honestly address issues that we face in our daily lives. Issues about faith, forgiveness, holiness, salvation, redemption, sharing our faith, living out our faith and generally what it means to be a real Christ follower.
Last night was another good time with some people who are really committed to Christ. One couple brought a friend – Michele. Michele will leave next week for a two year long mission to Hungary with the International Mission Board. I tend to ask a lot of questions and Michele intrigued me – so you can guess the rest!
Michele will spend her time building relationships with college students and members of the community she will live in. Her goals will be to disciple believers and lead them to a point of facilitating comm;unity groups when she leaves in a few years.
Although Michele will be paid to do this, aren’t each of us as Christ followers charged to dod the exact same thing? Isn’t our primary goal as a follower of Christ to share his love and glory with others? Doesn’t Jesus Christ himself leave us with a charge to go throughout all nations and teach others about Him?
I’m excited for Michele! She is embrking on an adventure that is beyond cool to me! I challenged our group to pray for Michele. I know I will.
As we closed our time together, Michele’s friends asked me to share a little of our story with Michele. While I look at our life and our actions as doing what God has called us to do, others seem to look at it with a different view. When I quit my job and began commuting 200 miles one way each week to facilitate this group and to offer my skill sets and knowledge to City Church, I did what I heard God telling me to do. He was in fact answering a prayer I’ve prayed for a very long time. I’ve begged God to let me be a part of a big movement of His. He is answering that right now! God is working through City Church in Tallahassee in a remarkable way! And I get to be a small part of it!
God has blessed us in so many ways. Last night I was reminded of the people He has surrounded us with and that may be the biggest blessing of all!