20 Reflections on the Last 2 Years
Today we’re waiting and watching for a blizzard. The biggest in Chicagoland since 1967 when 23 inches of snow fell in 17 hours. That’s big time. Glad that I wasn’t even conceived of when that happened – now we have these.
Yep, garbage trucks with snowplows. That's hardcore.
Last week, I celebrated 2 years since I started as spiritual formation pastor at Parkview Christian Church. It was a really intense time in our lives, leaving behind a small community that we had poured sweat and love into for 5 years and starting a new life in the wild and bustling suburbs of Chicago.
I haven’t had a lot of time to reflect on what these two years meant on the deeper, spiritual level, but instead I have a list of things that I’ve found to be true of myself over the last two years. I hope this helps others to ask clarifying questions of what is happening in your life and ministry through different time periods. It’s a stream of consciousness list, but those are the best and most honest.
- I realize more that without God nothing is possible.
- Leadership does not have to happen on only one front, but it does have to happen somewhere.
- Contemplative people need to learn how to be assertive or lose valuable time.
- Bill Brown can make up new Greek words without too much problem.
- There is always a new idea that says what you’re currently doing is wrong.
- You can’t give every new idea the same weight (see above)
- If you have an assistant, don’t feel bad about letting them assist.
- Better ministry opportunities aren’t good excuses for excessive family abandonment.
- If you play badminton in a worship center, it is best not to do it on recently shampooed carpet.
- People are able to see through garbage – don’t pretend that they can't even if they don’t let on that they see it.
- If you’re not a little challenged by your own ideas and their practicality you may not be exercising enough faith and vision.
- God will build you through suffering time and time again.
- You don’t have time for everything. Only the things that are most important.
- Sometimes the easiest methods of communication aren’t the RIGHT methods of communication.
- The Kingdom of God doesn’t have to look like you think it should. God has the right to bring His Kingdom where He wishes.
- If you walk away from your strengths, you’ll find yourself giving into your weaknesses.
- Anyone who teaches Scripture to other people should reflect on their teaching by saying “Do I really know what I’m talking about? Do I really believe it?”
- God is aware of infinitely more possibilities than I am willing to believe in.
- My leadership style, now that I know what it is, scares me but also gives me hope.
- Communicating the Gospel to people is an area of immense possibility if you know the people (Thanks Tim.)
I have more, but I’d love to know what you’ve been learning. Write in your #20 and we’ll go from there.