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January 06, 2009



JR, Happy New Year. Being a little older, I looked at the list and thought I have been through most of those issues. Sometimes I handled them well and sometimes not. The Word, prayers, being discipled, etc. all helped me through them. Then I thought of our small group of 20-somethings: parents getting divorced, law vs. grace, counseling, questioning calls to be a missionary/pastor, engagements, deployments, being widowed, trying to get hours at multiple jobs, etc. One couple even asked Faye and I to do their pre-marital counseling; after we got done laughing, we thought what a privelege to be an (bad) example and help start a marriage on the right track. I think it is in 1 Cor 1 where Paul says we are called to comfort those with the comfort we have received ourselves. Do we allow Jesus into our "stuff" and see the ways He can use it?
Finally, I guess my current issue is feeling significant when I have had decades of fathers, step-fathers, pastors, ministry leaders, bosses, leaders, etc. stomp on me. Why can't I listen to Faye, you, Dean, Lee, Randy, and others to realize I have planted seeds. Maybe God blinds me to this so I rely on Him more? (I think of Jacob, not a real poster boy for fatherhood and family matters, saying at the end of his life that God had been his shepherd all the days of his life. After years of looking down at Jacob, I think I am embracing the fact that I am like him in many ways.)
I think I need to re-read my copy of "If" by Kipling.
Thanks and Regards, Doug


"Business is business, stick to business" is what most board members say about board meetings, but they will easily digress to discussions about sports, economy, weather. When is comes to real life, messy life, "stick to business is the mantra. Maybe we need to re-define or define what "business" is. Perhaps caring about the lives of others on the board is really what most of the business is.

In a board I am on, our most remarkable meetings occurred when we took time to share our lives, cry with each other, lay hands on a brother or sister and pray for them. I could only imagine that as God looked over the meeting he probably said "I am so pleased that you experienced the real purpose of this meeting."

J.R. Briggs

Good thoughts, Bob.
Yes, it ultimately goes back to the question, "How do we define success?"

What an important question to process in ministry!

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