Do you ever feel that way? So much to do and so little time? Boy, that seems to be the story of my life. As a pastor, or Elder, as I like to call myself…I’m constantly in motion. But, so are you! We all are. It’s the nature of this thing called life. Ever feel like this?
I’m laughing as watch that thing spin…but, that’s us…is it not? Well…I’m 42 years old and if I’ve learned anything it’s that I must prioritize, because I can’t do it all, nor can I be “all things to all people.” Neither can you. So, what’s important in your life? You’ll have to decide. But, as you are thinking about that…be reminded of this:
“Will what you prioritize matter in eternity? Does it have eternal value?”
Does that help or hurt as you think? Hmm. It pushes us to think about what’s really important doesn’t it. Lately, I see that discipleship and mentoring is very important to me.
I really like “coaching” and encouraging people. It’s part of my job description as an Elder or Pastor. Paul teaches this in Ephesians 4:11-12:
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
I’m the “pastor/teacher” in the list. So, I must equip. As I’ve contemplated on this for many weeks now, I’ve been led to begin the process of bringing young men along in the Word of God through our Iron Men (men’s group) that meets on Wednesdays at noon. What a wonderful group this is! I look forward to it every week and boy, I’m sure seeing growth in the men…young and old. I love it!! I feel like a coach…cheering them on…
In this process, I’ve been led to begin employing some of these men on Wednesday nights (starting in late December) going forward, to help me teach. Why? Because they are ready and the Lord has told me to give them an opportunity to grow through the preparation process of sharing the Word of God. Doing so “pushes” a person, so to speak. I get the privilege of working with these men in the preparation process. Now some will say, “Are you trying to ‘get out of’ teaching on Wednesday nights?” Nope! Furthest thing from the truth. The truth is the Lord has shown me an opportunity that I’m convinced He wants me to take.
Dr. David Black has encouraged me to write a small, 80-page book on “Rite of Passage.” (You can learn more about this by clicking on “Adult-Centered Youth Ministry” to the right.) I thought to myself when he asked me a couple of weeks ago…”Where am I going to find the time?” Well, the Lord has shown me. I must prioritize. I’m convinced there are many churches and families that could potentially benefit by seeing what a young person committed to Christ and the process leading to that “rock-solid” commitment can look like. So, I’m “going for it!”
I believe that I’m leaping…not into thin air…but, into “faith” that He will get it all done. In the meantime…it’s a constant battle to re-prioritize over and over again…literally day by day. And the same is true for you? What is important? Are the “good” things keep you from God’s “best” because you don’t think you have time? It may be that you must simply re-prioritize toward the “eternal.”
Oh, while I’m thinking about it…many of you know about the Annie Moses Band…but, I know some don’t. Here’s a link to a TV show they will be on TBN coming up on Saturday evening, November 27th from 6:30-7:00 pm. (Don’t be confused if you go to the site and see that the times look different…in small print it says that the times listed on the website are for the “pacific” time zone.) Here’s an excerpt about the show:
Annie Moses Band: Faith, Family & Music
The Annie Moses Band is a family of Julliard trained musicians and award-winning songwriters dedicated to spiritual excellence and virtuosity in the arts. Led by lead singer/violinist, Annie Wolaver Dupre, the Band includes her six siblings, Alex on viola, Benjamin on cello, Camille on harp and keyboard, Gretchen on violin …and mandolin, and Jeremiah, on guitar and banjo. Add the veteran song writing talents of their parents, Bill and Robin Wolaver, and you have a dynamic group with roots in classical, pop, and jazz. Together, they are leading an artistic renaissance through musical excellence, strength of family, and a message of faith, inspiring all generations to join in the discipline, beauty, and excitement of highly skilled musicianship.