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who is back there?

My first ministry gig was a High School boys Sunday School class.  I had been walking with the Lord for about 15 minutes but because I was a teacher and athletic coach, the SS department supervisor thought I had something to say.  Patti loves to tell the fact that there were a couple of those minor prophets that I couldn’t even pronounce properly.  It wasn’t until another 6 years before I actually took a position in a church as the youth minister…another 2 years before I pastored a church…another 5 years to really wake up to the Holy Spirit…another 8 years to process what my real calling and anointings were.  Then 3 years of going into the wilderness and absolute obscurity, another 3 years to get out, then a couple more years of pastoring a very small congregation and growing up sons and daughters.  None of it made much sense while in the process.  It just unfolded.  I have gotten lots and lots of “words” about leading, ministering to leaders, touching a generation that might be the generation, blah blah blah, and to some extent I think I’m somewhere in the neighborhood.  But, one thing is for certain, Patti and I have gotten to where we are by doing what we had to do every frikk’n day.  Whether or not it gave us life has rarely ever been on the radar.  Honestly, some of the jobs we’ve had and the responsibility we’ve taken and the sheep we’ve had to steward, has sucked.  Sounds bad I know, but it’s the truth.

The people who study such things and then make a living by compiling and sharing the data, tell us that the biggest influence on the 16 to 19 year old kid is a 20 to 25 year old adult.  The biggest influence on the 20 to 25 year old adult is the 26 to 30 year old adult.  The biggest influence on the 26 to 30 year old adult is the 30 to 40 year old adult.  You get where this is going.

So you want to change the world, save the masses, touch the thousands, start a ministry, fulfill all those magnificent words you’ve gotten?  Good!  You should want all those things.  Now, turn around and see who is following you right now.  Who are you leading?  Who are you pouring into, growing the heck up, taking deeper into the revelation that you now possess?   Plan all you want, dream baby dream, but this is where it all starts.  You and a friend, on the deck, in a coffee shop, in a bar, in the Waffle House (that’s for you GA people), breaking bread, partaking of hope, sharing what you got about your life, really loving, really caring.  Take a peek.  Who is back there?

-MDP-

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  1. Ashley Musick
    November 3, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Good word Mike. Only thing is the part about the Waffle House…. even in Georgia we avoid that place. : ) Love you much!

    • paul allison
      November 3, 2010 at 8:26 am

      I would agree with the previous post. Even the Waffle House sign looks like s ransom note. A comedian said he’s seen a gun 5 times in his life and 3 of those were in a Waffle House. I digress; this blog is the message of the season. We have been having this very dialogue around these parts during the past few weeks. Eben the sheep reference has been bouncing around. God truly says the same stuff to great people like us. Ha!

  2. Veronica Harvey
    November 3, 2010 at 8:09 am

    great advice, Mike! Thanks!

  3. Jungle Bunny
    November 3, 2010 at 8:45 am

    hmm, poppa. (insert a grin of extreme satisfaction here) i needed that this morning. sometimes that gypsy mentality has me racing around planning out the future and forgetting to fully love and take advantage of the opportunities He’s placed right in front of me. love you.

  4. Sydnee
    November 3, 2010 at 9:07 am

    thanks papa mike. This has answered something that I needed to hear, right now.

  5. Bethany
    November 3, 2010 at 9:40 am

    this is so good.

  6. marisol doyle
    November 3, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I love reading your soul and journey and God’s plan in you and Patti’s. I’m so fortunate and thankful for God touching my life through Rocio’s sharing you both with us. . . It’s all about God…He amazes me! How He uses one another, when He wants, how He wants to
    take us closer to the REAL reality and TRUTH…more of HIM…LIFE…
    He may chooses not to use oneself for a while…or for??? He knows…or may be one doens’t know He is using one just like one doesn’t know the blind spots.
    At any rate, I’m blessed for the challengeful thoughts and perspectives to look at self and life.

    Thanks!
    xo
    L.U. both and the WR and ELIJAH HOUSE OF PRAYER Much…My soul is in debt happily and peacefully … like ever

  7. Taryn
    November 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    your just so good! 🙂 Love you so much

  8. Carol Pitts
    November 4, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Good word Mike Paschall!!!

    PS -If you laid all of the Smithfield Bacon that Waffle House serves in a year end-to-end, it would stretch from Atlanta to Los Angeles seven times! That’s more than 21,000 miles of bacon!!

    If you could stack all of the Sausage Patties that Waffle House serves in one day on top of each other, it would reach the TOP of the Empire State Building! Now that’s a tall order!

    Each year Waffle House customers eat more than 334,000 pounds of pecans in their waffles! That is more than 21 million pecans!!

    Waffle House customers consume two percent of the total eggs produced in the United States for food service. Would you like ‘em over easy?

    Just Sayin!!!

    • November 4, 2010 at 8:22 am

      Wow Ms Pitts! I now feel totally enlightened! Thanks! xo

  9. Allison
    November 5, 2010 at 6:04 am

    remind me to tell you a story about what i bought once at the waffle house. love you both mucho. thanks for doing the stuff everyday. i am who i am because of watching people like you two!

  10. amy davidson
    November 5, 2010 at 11:06 am

    man. thanks. i’m with syd.. this is something i needed to hear, right now. love you oh so much. you’re a good papa.

  11. Melina Orengo
    November 10, 2010 at 8:35 am

    It’s so true, it may not necessarily gives us life, but it’s where the Lord has placed us. More importantly it is who he has placed us with…I guess it’s all about perspective…His perspective. Love you so stinkin much!!!

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