It seems like every blogger out there is posting their “2017 Summaries”. For some, this is their financials and others it’s a summary of their very best blog posts.
Since I have no financials and have only blogged 5 times this last year, I have decided to simply post the Top 10 Lessons I have Learned in 2017
LESSON ONE: “People come First”
This year has been filled with its ups and downs. I have seen many injustices and have heard many hurtful comments all of which have reminded me that people need to come first. Too many personal wars are waged simply to prove that one side is better than the other. We’ve seemed to have forgotten that when it is all said and done, we need to be able to live with one another.
I choose to not fight senseless battles simply to prove that I am right.
LESSON TWO: “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care”
This is an oldie but a goodie… and it is true. Much like the first lesson, if I intend to “win someone over to my side” I first have to show them that I truly care about them.
I choose to have people walk away from me knowing that I value them.
LESSON THREE: “You can’t work in the mud without getting a little dirty”
As a pastor I have the opportunity and privilege to sit with people during difficult circumstances. I also have the burden of walking with them through some of life’s messiest situations. I cannot allow my fear of what other people think of me to stop me from showing the love of Christ to hurting people.
I choose to step into the mud with those looking for help.
Sometimes I feel like one of the Prophets of old. Growing up as a kid I vividly remember hearing stories about Elijah, Elisha, and the others in Sunday School and if I am completely honest I have to say that I still get them all mixed up from time to time.
The role of The Prophet was simple: they are the mouthpieces of God. God told them what to say and they passed the message on to the people that God chose to hear the message. As a kid, that sounded really cool. It’s kinda like they have a direct link to God. Now that I’m older, and have experienced the life as a pastor for the past twenty plus years, I’ve come to realize that being the mouthpiece of God can really suck sometimes.
People like to do their own thing. Most people have a pretty good idea of what they like and what they don’t like. They have a good idea of how they like to spend their time and how they don’t. So basically, as a prophet your job is to go to people who have their life plans set and tell them that they’re going to have to change it… because “God says so”.
For the past several years I’ve primarily blogged on the topics of parenting, marriage, and family ministry. All of these topics have been in my wheel house as I’m a parent of 6, a husband of 18 years, and a family pastor.
I love to dialogue around these topics. I believe with all my heart that with media, schools, and per pressure screaming at our children, I’ve been called to help parents raise their voice in a very loud world. I alsobelieve husbands need to continually work on their marriages and I’m thrilled to sit down with fellow pastors and discuss best practices surrounding how the church can and should engage the family.
With all that being said though, you may have (or not) noticed that I have’t had much to say over the past few months. Naturally, if you know me, you know that that can’t possibly be the case… I speak frequently, but just not here online.