Friday, January 1, 2010
Well here we are 2010, my guys are all back at home after a fruitful mission trip to Acuna, Mexico. John David shared many stories and I feel there will be change in their lives this year, as well as mine and Chris's. As I read out of a book by Bruce Wilkinson this morning he spoke of a time when he felt like he was working harder and longer in his ministries, but seemed to have less to show for it. After talking with his wife and then praying he called a man named George for help, George told him to come to California to meet with him, as George was known for being a respected leadership mentor. First, George asked Bruce to tell him his life story and as he came to the previous two year marker, George stopped him and said let me finish the next two years for you. He had studied over 500 christian leaders and told Bruce he was right on schedule. He stood facing him with his palms up and gave him an illustration: These are two sources of fulfillment. My right hand stands for your relationship with God and my left for your competence in ministry. When you first began to serve the Lord, your relationship was young and vibrant and your competence in ministry weak and so he raised his right hand up higher. But over time your ministry grew and both hands were side by side. During this time your fulfillment with your relationship with God and your competent ministries were equal. You had never been so productive for God. Then your walk with the Lord began to suffer and he raised his left hand higher and your satisfaction dropped. You start to throw all your energy into your work trying to recapture that former fulfillment, but it doesn't work for long. The Lord is saying, "Put relationship with ME first- that it is time to switch hands again and find the joy you are missing. Bruce states he realized God didn't want him to do more for Him. He wanted me to be more with Him. Let me tell you after reading this I knew that this year I would aspire to have more intimate time with God, this past year there were several months that I felt as Bruce had described and praise God that lifted off of me in October when I realized I was missing something and was just broken before God. I hope that 2010 will bring us to a closer relationship with God and each other. Praising Him in 2010.