Good LORD’s Day morning to all your wonderful folks. We have a fresh day for a fresh start. Yesterday was a day to relax. I set it aside as a PRAYday and enjoyed the time the LORD provided. I went to a baseball game to watch our Grandson play baseball. As I was sitting there doing my careful evaluation as I usually do, I began to notice the ones who have been there before. For example, their skill levels were not the same. They all were wearing their uniforms and looked very professional. But there were the times in the clutch that some just could pull it out. Strike outs, base runners, fly balls, and base hits made up the day. Good pitching and not so good pitching. Good catching and not so good catching. I was not doing a judgment on these players, just an observation, an evaluation, thinking that if I were the coach, what could I do to help this teenager develop their areas where they were weak. It was a great day with these guys, just sitting and watching them perform.
As a Director of Mission I could relate this day with the life of our congregations. Our association is made up of different churches but we all play on the same team. I noticed that when one of the players did well the entire team was there to meet him and pat him on the back. Our churches should be doing this as well. We should be lifting our sister churches to the LORD and asking God to anoint them with His Holy Spirit and bless them. Sometimes we get caught up in our turf wars and when that happens it is like a player out for their own ego trip. When each player does the best they can then the team wins. When our churches desire to join hands and work together God is always going to be honored and glorified. God wins! We may all look the part but there are some who are a bit more skilled than others. They have the resources, the extra people and things seem to be better in their mission field. But as I was reminded this week, God knows your address and has placed you at your assigned location for His purpose. We just need to find and follow it.
Like the coaching side of me in the baseball game, I have that same desire to come along side of the pastors and encourage them in their assigned task. We are on a winning team when we are on the LORD’s Team. Together we can do more. Have a blessed day and serve the LORD with gladness, enter His courts with praise. Be blessed.