Courage is necessary for any relationship to remain healthy over the long haul. Great relationships do not happen by accident. They require work and at times they require courage. This is from the sermon yesterday. This was the conclusion of the series “7 Building Blocks of Great Relationships”. As for my musings …
-It was great to facetime with 2 of my kids and 5 of my grandkids and to get a message from my 3rd child yesterday. I also got to speak with my Dad for a bit last night. It was a good Father’s Day.
-Last week I had someone in one of my churches tell me that this series on relationships had been really good and that it was causing them to really re-think somethings in some relationships and then added “I am really glad that this series is ending”. I love the honesty.
-We had so many technical problems at my 9:00 church that I lost count.
-I am grateful that there were a few candy bars left after the Dads had all taken theirs at my 10:30 church. I don’t need any of them, but I am still glad there were some left.
-We had a wedding in the 10:30 church building on Saturday. It was fun to see this young couple who are following Christ join as husband and wife. Now praying for their marriage. For some reason they chose not to be in church yesterday. What’s up with that?
-My son, daughter (in law) and 5 of my grandkids will land back in the states a month from today!!! Still praying that we can find some time in their brief time back in the states to get all 18 of us in the same place at the same time. That has never happened because when they left to serve in Africa 3 years ago there were only 16 of us. Many things have changed in all of our lives in the past 3 years.
-I am very encouraged as I look at the number of people who have volunteered to serve in the VBS of my 10:30 church. (My 9:00 church is just starting to recruit people as that VBS is a month later). Some of the greatest benefits for a church in a Vacation Bible School is the relationships that are forged as many people come and serve shoulder to shoulder. Especially as they see life-change as a result of their service.
-Spent some time last week with a family as they stood watch as the husband, dad and grandpa of that family was in the process of passing from this life into the eternal embrace of Jesus. Those are humbling moments. Those are times where you minister by being available and use few words.
-Looking forward to baptizing a few people very soon. That is fun stuff.
-I have been thinking a lot about what comes after prayer. As I have been turning up the heat in my prayer life and urging the people in my churches to do the same, I keep processing the question “Now what?” After I pray what should I do? Pray some more is often a good response, but that is not always the appropriate response. There comes a time when I pray and know what my part is supposed to be. At that time more prayer can actually be disobedience. Mark Batterson in his book Draw the Circle said “When we say ‘Amen’, inaction is no longer an option.”
Here’s hoping that you exhibit courage in your relationships and take appropriate action this week as God leads you.