Been there done that…how many times have you heard someone say that? I wrestled with our Lord on many issues over the years. Everything from how I wanted to live my life to my dependency on the world for all of my needs. While I’d like to say I was a quick study, that simply was not the case. Hard headedness seems to be in my nature…yep, rebellious plain and simple.
Does your reputation precede you? When people discuss you or your business, do they see you as a person of integrity? The only thing we truly have control of in life is our name. When the chips are down, can you be counted on to do the right thing even if it costs you money?
Hebrews 11:8 ‘By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.’
Could you imagine waking up one morning and telling your wife that you, her and all you possess would leave the comfort and security of your father’s house to head west on a journey with no location, time table or any understanding of what you would do when you got to this place based only on the promise of a being you could not see. She would look at you like you where a mad man and wonder about your sanity. That’s exactly what the Lord asked Abraham to do.
The church is a local body of believers, not a building, a denomination or movement. The pastor and staff are responsible to teach, to equip the saints for service inside and out of the local body, not to take the Gospel to the streets. This is what we have missed as followers of Christ.
How we create our schedule each year is fairly straight forward. We start with our previous years schedule as a starting point, working with the promoters who have already asked us to return, and then add any new races around those. As we approach the new year, our schedule is normally fairly well set with only a few details to work out. That is not the case this year.