>> Saturday, August 8, 2009
Maybe this is a sign of getting older, but I am in the process of going through some things I have had for several years. I am trying to do, kind of a garage sale type thing on eBay. I am selling my Nascar Items and who knows, I may just continue to get rid of many more things.
OK, Now all of you know I am a preacher so I have to parallel this with the spiritual life. It is good to take an inventory of our spiritual lives and see if there is anything we need to get rid of. Sometimes it is easy to start doing things we said years ago we would never do. Sometimes it is letting go of things we thought we would never let go of. I know we are in a battle today with holding on to tradition or letting go of it. The concern I have is we seem to have a major movement of letting go of what was handed down to us. You have those on the extreme of not adapting to anything of today, such as technology, etc. And then you have those who grab onto everything and don't think about the future. I strongly believe we need to have a balance and that balance comes with continually seeking God's will for your individual life. You may be able to do things that I would never do, and I may try things which you would never think of, but the end result should be both of us should pull together to show the world that working together great things can happen.
Another part of taking inventory is in the area of Denominations, Leaders, Pastors, Laymen who should all learn to become a true leader in their world. We let politics slip into the church world and not the world or national politic, but we use those who have the "big names" or who are known and let others just sit there. As I am in classes for Christian Leadership, I am continually being shown how we, in the Holiness Movement, have no clue what true leadership is. True Christian Leadership is Servant Leadership, we need to show that we are willing to do the lowest of jobs, and live what we preach, or do what we say we live. Example: As a leader,Pastor, let us be willing to clean the church, serve dinner to the people, let someone who isn't used normally be up front. Remember; Leaders are only leaders if they have someone following them. I hope you get the picture. I just continue to see the same ones used across the holiness movement and realize we haven't even tapped the surface of the goldmines we have sitting in our churches. Let's take inventory of our selves, churches, and denominations and see the Gold that we hold.
Well that is my rant for the day...Have a great day and God Bless.