Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:4 (NIV)
Recently, the pastors and directors of the church where I serve took a road trip to visit a church in a nearby state. The congregation of this church has experienced explosive growth, which could be a heady experience for the young staff. To avoid prideful temptation, the pastor told us their team is committed to remembering these three truths:
Every number has a name.
Every name has a story.
Every story matters to God.
I liked that a lot! But, what I liked even more, was a comment he made in one of our subsequent discussions.
Everyone has a story where God has intersected!
I returned home from this excursion with some good ideas related to how I can better serve in my position at Lake City Church as our Care Ministries Director. I came away also with renewed trust in the God I serve—the God to whom I’m committed to point people—the God who intersects our life stories in such profound ways.
Since returning home, I haven’t been able to shake the insight of Pastor Kevin about God intersecting everyone’s story. Exploring the way in which God intersects our stories is what I want the Listening on the Journey… blog to be all about.
Last Thursday, May 25th, many enjoyed a guest blog post from Stephen Robinson who told how God intersected his story while he was trying to figure out his workout routine for training for his first Coeur d’Alene Iron Series. Stephen said, “It was while I tried to figure out my workout routine…the Lord put the word “finish” on my heart. I felt God gave me the following challenge:
‘If you don’t have time to finish reading the Bible every morning, then you don’t have time to finish your training.’”
I’m so pleased to report Stephen did indeed “finish” the marathon on Sunday, May 28th. One of his Cd’A Iron Series events is in the record book. The next two—a 2.4-mile swim and 108-mile bike ride—await.
I have no doubt my friend will continue to persevere in training for this segment of his story where God has intersected.
Stephen after finishing the Coeur d’Alene Marathon last Sunday
Stephen and his amazing family that are so supportive of his goals.
Any goal that cultivates physical discipline will cultivate spiritual disciplines too.
Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker
Blessings as each of us watch and listen to where God is intersecting our story…