I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's! Now it's time to get down to 2008 and the business at hand.
This time of year I am reminded so many times over of how fortunate I am. I think back to 3 years ago, when Beverly and I walked through a pretty dark valley. Feelings of total rejection -- happening right at Christmas time. Actually, it brought to an end a two-year season of frustration, causing me to lose confidence in myself due to a desert -- a vacuum -- of affirmation for my ministry. I began to wonder if I needed to change professions. I looked into a number of possibilities -- about convinced that I had "lost it."
But God has a way, doesn't He? Through that humbling experience, He has rewarded me with something much better. And I don't think I would have appreciated it nearly as much if I had not experienced the valley of Lake Cities. Where I am now is like a 180 degree difference. After 2-1/2 years, it is still so rewarding each Sunday to be told how much the words I have shared from God mean to people.
So as I find myself 3 years removed now from the pit, I find my heart is healed. Oh, I still remember the dishonesty and the rejection -- but the pain is nearly gone. And I thank God every day for my Decatur church family. I am so excited about journeying with this church for many years to come. And I enter a new year with great anticipation and enthusiasm.
Let's seize the moment!