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who is back there?

November 3, 2010 13 comments

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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