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.
I have been giving lots of thought to our church. This fall we have turned the corner and making some changes in the way we do discipleship. Our goal is to honor Christ in all that we do. So we are going to teach to transform. My goal is that every one of our members is involved in regular on going discipleship classes. We have some great options, and I want to encourage you to be involved.
This Wednesday, Summer officially begins, and that evening, my church family will usher in Summer Nights by eating watermelons on our front lawn as we celebrate God’s continual blessings on our church and enjoy the longest day of the year as a faith family. We are making Summer memories.
Church Planting is probably one of the hardest jobs that I have tackled in my 25 years of ministry. I must be a real glutton for suffering because shortly after I planted the church that I currently lead, we merged with a dying legacy church in the heart of the demographic that God called us to serve. So the vibrant church plant turned into an ongoing revitalization project that is now approaching its fifth birthday.