So, my wife kicked me out the door for a week, by myself mind you, for a week in Colorado Springs with some friends. Given the season we have been in at the church I have been a little "frayed" lately.
I am basically an introvert. So, I need to be alone to get energized most of the time. That is tough to get when you have toddlers. Couple that with the most demanding ministry season of my life, and it all adds up. It is as close to burn out as I have ever been. Thank God for my wife recognizing it and having the generosity of spirit to demand I get some time alone with God.
Through some alone time and prayer with our friends at New Life Church, I had a pretty important re-calibration in my spirit.
Here are some highlights in what God is teaching me:
It is more important to lead out of brokenness than out of ambition.
What does it mean to be "in step" with the Spirit?
God is in to mind control.
The best things fuel the good things.
God gives back what you surrender to him.
Forgiveness is for YOU not for the forgive-ee. Lack of it will hold you back from what God has for you.
When we feel inadequate, God is in the business of filling in the gaps.
I can't change everything. But, I can change one thing at a time.
God's presence is what energizes.
Have you ever worked for a "Saul?" Am I of the order of Saul or of David?
God will give me the tools I need, when I need them.
My wife is a hero.
In the coming weeks I will try and unpack some of this stuff in case it is an encouragement to you. Thanks for reading.
Heb. 12:28-29 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”