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.
I want to start this post telling you how incredibly frustrated I am. I got up this morning on the right side of the bed to a beautiful sunrise. I was able to get some work done and enjoy some quiet time in my favorite chair at home. I needed to go by to the office for a bit while my wife was going to attend a 9:30 a.m. Bible Study. So, we headed out leaving the house about 8:55 a.m. My wife wanted to stop by Whataburger (which she has this convenient app with cash on it) to get something to drink before going to the Study. We get to the fast food restaurant and there are two cars in line at the drive-through with no one at the window. I automatically think that this is going to be a fast evolution and then I will be on my way in just a couple of minutes. It was nine o’clock a.m. when I pulled up behind two other customers. At 9:06 a.m. I finally made it to the speaker. Here is what takes place:
In the lull of my morning, I was thinking about our amazing country. I took some time to look at the results of some of the state primaries that took place yesterday. I also noticed the theme that Politicians use in appealing to their base. It is astounding at how they stretch the truth to appeal to the masses. Our elected officials try and connect with their constituency by acting as if they understand what an average person deals with on a day to day basis. They want us to believe that they have our best interest at heart. I am neither a Democrat or Republican. I consider my self a realist that wants the government to keep their hands out of my pocket and to leave the Constitution alone. I can honestly tell you, that since Ronald Regan, there has not been any politician that strikes a chord with me. Most professional politicians are so far removed from the people they represent. I am not angry about anything, I just believe that if we want to really experience a change in this great country, we are going to have to do things differently. We need term limits! We need as a country of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, to raise the bar. We need to thoroughly think about the people we are electing before we pull the lever or pencil our candidate in. I believe that the majority of the people serving in the Senate and House have been there way too long.
There are 24 hours in a day! We have been given 1440 minutes to use any way that we choose. We each have 86,400 seconds available to accomplish our goals. For the creative soul, sometimes making the most of the time is a struggle. I have learned that creativity requires time, and most of us live in a time-starved culture. Our lives are busy with lots of expectations from others and by the time we get around to being creative, we are worn out. Sometimes we are so busy that we do not have a chance to disengage from the mundane just to be creative. This lack of creative time, my friend, is a travesty.
I want to take a moment to thank Governor Rick Scott and Mayor Lenny Curry for providing unprecedented leadership during the catastrophic emergency that we know as IRMA. I am thankful for the care, consideration, and calmness that both of you displayed under the most challenging circumstances. I am praying for you both and asking those who are members of the church I lead and readers of this blog join me in lifting these men before the Lord.
The Point is up and running! The power is on, and we are ready to assist our community. I need your help. We are going to mobilize saw teams and clean up crews this Saturday morning at the Church. If you are a Point member and need help, please call me so that we can add you to the list. We have several Church Members with large trees down on their houses. Please make plans to help. There are others in the neighborhood that need help. Trees are down, and cars cannot get out of drive ways. We need to step up and share the love of Jesus through our work.
It is early Monday morning, and the winds are finally dying down has Irma is moving north with a vengeance. Many people in the Jacksonville metropolitan area are without power as trees are down in every part of our beautiful city. I am currently watching the weather channel as their reporters are downtown Jacksonville (my neighborhood) reporting flooding and a rising river. Jacksonville is a city of seven bridges, and at this point, all of the bridges have suspended traffic.
I am perplexed; the English language has let me down. I am sitting in my favorite chair with plenty of hurricane snacks at my disposal. My family is safe, as the wind is picking up, and the rain continues to fall.
We continue our SERVE team acrostic today, and we pick up with the third letter R. For our SERVE team purposes, I want the R to stand for reach out. This process requires intentional action on the SERVE team members part. My objective is to show each member of the SERVE team the Point that we are here to SERVE. Reaching out is a part of what we do! I am aware that sometimes it may feel a little awkward, but I also feel that it is even more awkward if we don’t reach out. Our guests come to us for a reason. Since they are making the first move by walking through our doors, we have to reach out. It is as easy and Smiling and taking a moment to Encourage. Reaching out calls us out of our comfort zone. I want to ask you to take the step. We need you on the front line reaching out to everyone who comes through our door. I want you to let them see Jesus in you.