done with Great things!
I am done with Great things and Big things, with Great institutions and Big success, and I am for those tiny invisible molecular forces, that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many soft rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, but which, give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of men s pride (William James, VARIEITIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE; quoted in Eugene Peterson s, LIKE DEW YOUR YOUTH, p. 34... an awesome book for insight into raising adolescents, by the way!). This pretty much sums it up for me. Numbers no longer impress me. Well, okay, they impress me, but not enough for me to walk away from what I believe to be true. Numbers of people, amount of money, or the size of the facilities do not reveal the quality of the content. I constantly have to compare my methods, me as a pastor and we as a church, with what I believe to be in the character of Jesus as he lived in this world. He didn t curry favor with the crowds, didn t try to impress investors, didn t care about popular opinion, and pressed on in spite of incredible opposition and ridicule. He lived what he believed at incredible cost. He didn t compromise to attain critical mass! Oswald Chambers, in MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST, said in today s devotional reading: The real fasting of the preacher is not from food, but rather from eloquence, from impressiveness and exquisite diction, from everything that might hinder the gospel of God being presented. I think this must be applied to church life in general, and ministry in particular.