Well, I took a couple of years off of my life today by eating some chicken fried bacon….but O was it good!
This morning Karis and I had a Daddy Breakfast Date. On our way there she decided that she wanted to talk back to me a little bit. She is at the age where she thinks she is right and wants me to know that she is…even though I know that she isn’t (I know…she gets that from her mom of course). I asked Karis, “Karis…who’s the Daddy?” She said, “you are Daddy” (with the tone of an apology). And then she said, “Daddy, I thought you were going to say, “Who’s the pastor?” My response was, “Baby girl, I’m daddy first and pastor second.”
You ever think about what you say after you say it? Kinda like you hear yourself talk as the listener not as the speaker. Well that’s what happened to me. As I said that I realized that I was speaking truth but as I spoke I could not help but to use that moment as a “reality check” in my life. Am I truly daddy first and pastor second?
I am very convicted in the fact that Biblically, if I am not the leader in my home that God intends for me to be, I am not eligible to be a pastor. In other words, if I can’t shepherd my own flock…what right do I have to shepherd anyone else? He who is faithful with little will also be faithful with much. I know we refer to this passage or apply it only to money, but doesn’t it apply to our children and family as well? I believe that the principle is definitely transferable.
Mondays are always interesting days. They are usually full of meetings, the need to respond to people and situations from Sunday, Sermon prep for the following Sunday and reaching out to those who were guests. One a month my Monday is brought to a close by a pretty lengthy Elder meeting which covers both large and small boulders of church life.
Monday also holds something very special. It’s an outlook on what’s to come. I find that very exciting and I anticipate God doing what He does best…He is amazing and does amazing things! Each week I know that plans that I have but God’s plans are usually much different. There are days when I don’t get to anything that “I” have planned to do…and that’s o.k.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plan I have for you, declares the Lord.” When it comes down to it, those are the plans that I also want. I have a responsibility to plan to the best of my ability. I work hard and use my time wisely. I head in the direction that I believe the Lord wants me to head down. Then in the midst of me doing the best job that I can, God shows up to guide me, course correct me, illumine me to what His will for right now is.
Tomorrow is my 37th birthday. I will celebrate my 30th year as a child of the King. God has been at working refining me and course correcting me for a long time now….and I am very very thankful.
I am headed to innovation3 in Dallas next week. I have to admit that my expectations of anything “mainstream” Christian are pretty low. Right now I am only seeing the same speakers rotating around speaking on the same subjects and getting paid a whole lot of money to do so. Some conferences are paying anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 for a keynote Christian speaker….. Maybe I am just disenchanted by the whole thing and recognize the need for reformation to take place among our churches as well as our “Christian Culture.” I keep making attempts to check my attitude at the door so that I have a higher probability of getting something out- I hear a lot that is philosophical at these conferences….but there is little practical- the reason is- they don’t know how they got to where they are…but stand there and try to explain what cannot be explained-
It seems as if we have entered into the “good-ol-boy” system once again where it is not what you know…but rather who you know…
maybe we should try to re-cycle the Jesus Movement next….or launch a Passion Church in Atlanta with all the cool kids!!! LOL – that’s not personality driven at all…LOL! –