Faith for the Long Haul
Oh, the challenges that life can bring. We all face potential pitfalls every day. Many people are simply one catastrophe away from a major meltdown. We all have to deal with problems. What we cannot do, is to let the trials that life bring our way to derail us and take us off our game. James instructs us to consider!
Happy New Year! I am starting this year in the book of James. I am planning on taking this day by day and verse by verse. I hope and pray that you will join me on my journey through James. Please feel free to leave comments and share this post. I also want to encourage you to go to youversion.com and select a daily bible reading plan.
As I sit in my home office on this last day of 2018, I cannot help reflecting with some sadness over the events that shaped this tumultuous year that is quickly coming to an end. It has been a year of hurt and uncertainty, a year of challenge, and great change. I feel this morning as I write these words, a great disconnect from a band of brothers I have known for years and honestly thought would walk through the fire with me. I feel that long (and what I believed strong) professional and personal
relationships have been tossed aside just like the Christmas wrappings from a week ago. These once cherished relationships, I was certain would follow me until the Lord called me home have disappeared along with the communication that once spotted my day. These connections have vanished leaving me feeling very alone on this final day of 2018 and facing the uncertainties of a new year.
As a church planter, husband, father and all around manly man. I feel the need to confess that I have a love-hate relationship with accountability. I find my self 58 years into life, 38 years into a marriage, 36 years as a father, six years into our planting/revitalization journey, and I have been a manly man ever since the first time I got my butt kicked on the vacant lot near my house as a child. I have learned some essential things about accountability in my venture through life that I would like to share with you. I believe my life lessons apply to everyone’s lives, so I wanted to take some time and share some of these hard-learned truths with you.