Journal Entry Date: February 27, 1997 "Had a very good discussion with Kevin tonight. I had almost decided that he wasn't ready to be discipled, but he showed great interest tonight. We discussed everything from prayer effectiveness, reaching out to the lost, and how God prepares & equips us. We decided to continue studying Proverbs …
Journal Entry Date: February 24, 1997 God got me up early in the morning, and I had a good Bible study time. In fact, God was preparing me for the events of the day. "Dave" was supposed to meet me so we could go to Clint and Mary's together, but he never showed up and …
Almost didn't go to church... Didn't want to go. But God did something in both the morning and evening services this day!
At this point, I was still really struggling with what it meant to mentor or disciple someone else. I tended to approach it in a teacher-student kind of way, which was appropriate at times, but still short of what it should have been.
It's great to feel needed. But is that my motivation for serving God? Am I seeking acceptance... recognition... validation... self-fulfillment... Or am I motivated by love for the One who first loved me?
I spent a few years remodeling our basement... It seemed like the project would never end! I was horrified when I saw my little boy tumble down the stairs onto the concrete, and was so grateful when I saw he wasn't seriously injured... but what does that have to do with My Abiding Life?
Over the years, I learned that setting aside specific time(s) each day was indeed an important spiritual discipline; however, I also learned how to spend even small moments with God all throughout my day... where I was constantly welcoming God into my everyday thoughts and activities.
This post is dedicated to 'Dave,' who had a great impact on my spiritual life... and who has now gone on to be with the Lord. Well done, my friend!
Life is messy. None of us deserve Jesus' love and mercy, and yet, He chooses to express His love for us anyway. Can we not do the same toward each other?
When I decided to go on 'outreach' to share the love of Jesus with others, I had absolutely no idea that it would take the direction that it did!