JOY

JOY
 
Responding to the call of God at the age of 11 to be in ministry was exciting and meaningful to me. Who knew where it was going to take me. Studying through high school and college for the ministry was wonderful. I like to read and study. I like the challenge of learning. Learning to fly with an instrument rating on top of it was like another college education. I also like to teach. I used to substitute teach while in high school for short periods of time. I also taught school for several years while pastoring. I enjoyed the kids. I loved being a youth pastor early on. Cathy was always great with the kids. We usually had our house full of kids. We even took in run-aways for a season. We were visited sometimes in the middle of the night with someone needing help.

The joys of serving the Lord are found in people who have met the Lord and significant change has happened as a result of Jesus. For me, having someone accept Christ is thrilling. Baptizing a convert is a blessing. Praying for someone to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit is exhilarating. Teaching someone who is hungry for God is a mountain top experience. Talking meaningfully about the Lord with a fellow Christian is fun and the expanding of the soul. Really, being about the Father’s business is joyful.

What is not joyful are the power struggles of religion and organizations. Often the church is no better than the political circus we have witnessed. The hardships of personal relationships, the partisanship, the gossip, and accusations are exhausting and counter productive to the kingdom of God.

I am hoping and believing that as we move forward that we will have a new life of joy, satisfaction, and testimony to the goodness of God. Life is messy enough without our expressions of faith being tormented. While organization is important, it cannot be rigid. We must be able to adapt and flow with various situations and people. Times may change on us and we have to adapt. I really want to see us be loving, flexible, personal, serving one another, and flowing with the Holy Spirit. If we can be open and friendly, we may find people looking for us. The rigid purity that we think is the way to holiness is usually the way to uptight legalism. Jesus was loved and sought after by the disenfranchised and the down and outers. He was loving yet brutally honest and forthright. Pretense did not fly; neither will it now.

Me, I want to be happy again. I want to flow as the Lord called me and has directed me. This is a new day, a happy day, full of potential for all of us. I am looking for the birth and influx of people who want to live in freedom and joy. Let’s really GO…LOVE…SERVE.

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