October 27, 2012
This coming Sunday, our church family decided to celebrate my combined thirty-five years of pastoral ministry at both Evergreen LA and Evergreen SGV. At first, I wasn’t too keen on the idea. I have a conviction that reasons for success in ministry start and stop with God. We either go along for the ride or get in the way.
However, upon the urging of the Church Board, the celebration has been planned during a joint worship service. I am hopeful that the net result will be a deeper understanding of God’s goodness to us.
I still have some reservations about the celebration. They probably emanate from my reluctance to be singled out and recognized for anything.
I will conclude this blog after the celebration.
October 28, 2012
The day is about to end and I have had a chance to reflect on the day’s events. I was extremely blessed by everything and everyone. God is good.
In light of all the blessings of the day, one thing stood out in my mind and heart. My oldest granddaughter was at our junior high retreat this weekend. Unbeknownst to me, she asked her parents if someone could pick her up so she could attend Grandpa’s 35th Anniversary Celebration. She wanted to be a part of it.
It may seem like a little thing, but it blessed me greatly because the little things in life prepare us for the big things to come. A little decision of being present when a close family member is honored is actually a very important little decision.
The Bible says in Luke 16:10 that “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much…” Making good decisions on the little things in life help prepare us for making decisions on the big things in life. Often times, the inability to make good big decisions in life stems from the failure of making good little decisions in life.
I was overjoyed and somewhat overwhelmed that my granddaughter made one of those little decisions, which will bode well for her making big decisions in life regarding the priority of family.
The little things in life may not be so little after all.
Something to think about…