This is just a little late in the making.
Like three weeks late.
The story I’m going with is that I wanted to let things sink in for a few weeks before exploring my own thoughts.
The truth is that I haven’t made time yet.
Which, ironically, is one of the things I’ll be writing about.
Last week was a first for me.
I’d never really helped out with a Disciple Now before.
Not counting the time I drove around campus at UA with an airhorn chasing down students carrying mattresses.
Confused? You should be.
I got a call from Rob Hullett, easily one of my oldest friends, asking me to come and be a counselor for DNow.
Now, I feel I should let you know that this is not the first time that Rob has asked me to help out at Corinth.
And, I pray, it won’t be the last.
I’ve preached two WOW Services for him, and feel almost like a special guest host there now.
But this is different from speaking at a service.
This would be personal interaction with the kids, allowing my story to intersect and interact with theirs.
That is probably the single greatest thing I miss about student ministry: the interaction.
Anyway, as I prepared for the weekend, I found myself convicted.
I saw gaps in my own spiritual life where things I said I believed didn’t align correctly with the things I actually did.
Mostly in the area of personal quiet time and Bible reading.
Not that I didn’t read the Bible before, because I did.
But it was always in preparation for a message or a study I was doing.
Not for my own edification.
So for a while, I found myself getting up at 4:00am to read the Scriptures.
That turned into 4:15…into 4:30…into 4:45…and you get the picture.
As it is now, the time is at 5:00 or so when I get up to spend time with God.
And to say that it has changed my daily outlook would be a gross understatement.
I would encourage any of you that don’t have the habit already, to start reading at least some scripture each day.
It will change your world.
There were other things about the D-Now weekend that stood out to me:
1. In case you don’t know me that well, apparently it sticks out pretty vividly that I’m not married.
That was kind of the big joke of the weekend.
2. I met an evangelist who could EASILY be what I turn into in the next 10-15 years.
Uncanny story similarities.
Everything from college radio experiences to high school romances with girls way out of our leagues.
3. I’ve been extremely blessed with a great group of godly friends.
I’ve noticed this before, but usually when I say that, it is in reference to the inner circle of friends I ran with in Tuscaloosa.
Monday nights at Wings, Tuesday nights at Chili’s, Friday lunches at Rama Jama’s.
All those folks aside, I’m still blessed incredibly beyond what I deserve.
Like I mentioned earlier about feeling like a “guest host” at Corinth, that probably doesn’t even properly express my relationship with the people there.
Even with the limited amount of time I’ve spent with the people there (youth, young adults, and “not young” adults. yeah, thats you Gus), I can tell they truly are a “Faith Family.”
So, thanks Rob for introducing me to the folks there…even if your wife seems to think that your youth like me better than you. Ha! 🙂
There is so much more I need to update on.
Admittedly, I’ve been more than a little busy, and that has led to a bit of negligence to this blog.
But here are a couple of teasers for you while I work on that.
1. New church.
2. Safe place.
3. Higher education.
4. Bold ventures.
Peace and love.