Yesterday was an unusual day. As for my musings …
-It was unusual because it was 50 degrees on January 21.
-It was unusual because we had a much smaller number of children present than normal.
-It was unusual because there was very little response at the end of the service. The reason that is unusual is because there was a powerful sense of God’s presence and a moving of the Holy Spirit throughout the entire service. That is a big concern to me.
-I performed a wedding last week. Not a funeral, a wedding. That was a nice change. The wedding was a private affair with just 5 of us in attendance. I enjoyed it very much.
-The volleyball teams I am helping coach won all three of their matches last week.
-Last week I was asked to be part of a trio of people going to a college to teach for 3 days next month. We will be teaching about starting new ministries and planting churches. I was honored to be asked and am excited to be a part of this event. There is a lot of studying to do between now and then. I am glad that I have the focus of my next 3 or 4 sermons already laid out.
-Weather did not impact attendance yesterday. Illness and hospital stays impacted it. There were at least 14 people who were not in attendance as a direct result of illness or hospital stays. That is just the ones I am aware of.
-My current sermon series “What’s Your Why?”, is really impacting me. I am praying that it is impacting others as well. This Sunday we will be looking at discovering your why. Each week we have been looking how Jesus stated his why and how he demonstrated his why. The last Sunday of the series we are going to celebrate our why.
-Many years ago, I did a series entitled “Yes You Can … Because God Will”. The focus was on obedience. My next series is going to be “Yes You Can” with a focus on being victorious in difficult circumstances. We can overcome because God will do his part. We will look at how God has provided for others in the past and how he will provide for us now, and in the future. He will provide the strength, the wisdom, the comfort, the support, or whatever we need to overcome difficult times.
-This time of year, 3 or 4 weeks past Christmas, is always difficult for me. There is a big push from early November through Christmas, that requires a lot of time, energy and emotion. The letdown seems to hit me about now. I try to do some things to change my routine and hope that helps to recharge my mind, emotions and energy. When possible, I try to get away for a few days as well.
-12 of us from my church worked the concession stand at our local high school for the basketball games Saturday night. It was fun to work together and to see some people in a completely different setting. Getting to watch some of the games was a nice bonus.
-Here’s hoping you find something to recharge your mind and energy this week.