Monday, May 29, 2006

Special moment

Yesterday, after church, my son Cody walked up to me and said, "You are really good at what you do."

I have received compliments like this over the years from people as they were walking out the door and shaking my hand.

"Good message today, Preacher!"

"You stepped all over my toes today!"

"You're going to be the next Charles Stanley (someone actually said that to me once---at least they didn't say Robert Tilton)!"

This time, however, was different. It was very moving to get such a nod from Cody. He does not hand them out freely, and he is a very intelligent, godly young lad in his own right. It was one of those special father-son moments that I will never forget.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Midweek Milestone

Yesterday was my children's last full day of school for the year. Actually it was their last full day at that school. They are moving up to the middle school next year. Yikes!

I was able to attend the Awards Day at their school, see my daughters get their awards (Katie--Citizenship, Jenna--Honor Roll), and then spend the rest of the morning and afternoon with them and their friends at school.

My daughter Katie has two best friends. It is amazing to watch how much they really love her as a friend. They are like "peas and carrots." It is also amazing that even though they sometimes don't act like it, my daughters are best friends too. They are seldom away from each other, even at school.

I have to admit, seeing them with their friends made me realize how blessed I have been in the friend department. My best friend since second grade is still my very best friend today. In fact, we are beyond friendship; he is my family. Furthermore, I have pretty well gone on record regarding my feelings about my high school chums.

It will be interesting to see if Katie can sustain her friendships for the next 20-30 years, as I have been able to with Jay and the others. She is off to a great start.

Proverbs 17:17---"A friend loveth at all times..."

Monday, May 22, 2006

The Polls Are Closed

Sunday, May 21, 2006, the vote was in favor of my being called as the new minister at Evergreen Christian Church in Walterboro, SC. I am told it was a unanimous vote, but I am not certain.

May this be the inauguration of a new era of victorious ministry and sweet fellowship. Pardon my overuse of political jargon.

I am honored to have this opportunity, and my family is excited.

Gotta go start packing now...

Monday, May 15, 2006

This Sunday: The Vote!

The precious folks at Evergreen Christian Church in Walterboro, SC are going to take a vote this Sunday as to whether or not to call me as full time pastor.

In many ways, I feel that my life has come full circle over the last three years. There was a time not too long ago when I believed beyond a doubt that I would never set foot in a pulpit again. In the last three years, I have lost so much of what gave me my "significance."

So if the vote is in my favor, what then? Am I really the best choice for this church, and vice versa? I suppose that is not for me to ask, but simply to follow the Lord's leading and trust His judgement.

In the event of a "no" vote, what then? I suppose we will find our way back to a church where we can settle in and be used of the Lord in some way.

Regardless of how things go, I am at a good place right now in my walk with the Lord. That I would even be considered by this church is a great honor, and it has been my pleasure to serve as their interim.

In many ways, I feel like Job, though I confess I didn't always respond with the faith that he did to trials and loss. But now I feel like everything I lost has been restored to me and then some. Whether I am a full time pastor or not, I can honestly say that for the first time in three years, I feel hopeful about the future.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

20 Year Reunion

Friday I had the joy of hanging out with my best friends in all the universe, minus Alan, who was there in spirit and in song.

For the first time in at least two decades, I was in the same room with Jay, Rick, Chuck, and George. We gathered at my hacienda, watched one of many movies we made while we were in High School, ate pizza and popcorn, and laughed.

As we were all sitting together, I had a moment of quiet nostalgia. These guys really, truly are, my very best friends. After all these years, it was as if we were still back in school, only now we have much less hair and much more weight between us. Twenty years, plus wives and kids, and yet the bond that was formed way back when is still very much intact.

Let's not wait another twenty years to do it again.

By the way, Alan, your soundtrack was brilliant, as always.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Thought for Today

"You cannot go back to the past and change how your life started and where it has led you today. You CAN make changes in your life now to affect how your life will end." -- John Maxwell