People long for a Do Over—we all sin, we all make mistakes, we all experience moments of regret. Some are serious, others are embarrassing, while some just feel like missed opportunities—it feels like life has sailed from the dock, and we failed to get onboard. What constantly amazes me about God is that He’s a Do-Over God. Every morning is a chance to begin again with Him. And by His Grace and great Love, it’s never too late to get back on course with Him. “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
This morning, I find myself dealing with feelings of regret. I usually don’t, but for some reason, I got attacked as I set out to begin a Do Over with blogging. That may seem trivial, but I find a very important spiritual principle here for those who want to lead or develop others. There will always be moments of regret, but the best we can do in life is simply stay faithful to the Lord day by day. That I have done, so it takes away my regret and lets me experience God’s Do Over Grace this morning.
I started this Blog in 2008-2009, and then as the Nationwide commercial says, “Life came at me fast.” I felt attacked and overwhelmed (which I’m sure I’ll talk more about in future posts because “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” 2 Tim. 3:12), but I lost motivation to blog, and with more than I could handle, I stopped.
I regret that now. I’m starting to see how this blog could be the way to keep encouraging and raising you up —Christ-followers who experience the Life and Freedom Jesus purchased for you, and then bring that Life and Freedom to others around you. That’s what I want to be about for the rest of my life—running alongside, empowering, encouraging, equipping you to BE HIS CHURCH and raise His Church up out of the culture like we’ve seen God do at Gateway and in Networks and churches we’ve helped start.
So this morning, I’m starting new—a blogging Do Over–but with a new focus and a new excitement because I can move forward with No Regrets. I hope this blog will keep me connected to those at Gateway Church and beyond who love the Lord, love His Church, and want to be on the front lines with Jesus—watching him change us and the world around us. There’s no greater purpose in life than to give yourself to what He is doing in life!
So I hope to involve you in an ongoing conversation around three key subjects:
- Experiencing Freedom and Life – not just knowing about God, but knowing God, experiencing and doing all He says He came to give us. You can’t give what you don’t possess, and too many Christian leaders lose the Life Jesus came to give us in trying to give that life to others.
- Leading and Developing Others – specific principles or ideas for how to see God’s kingdom come, life by life, group by group, Network by Network, church by church. Whether you are a Christ-follower spiritually developing one or two people, a Lifegroup (or small group) leader, a Network leader (mobilizing 20-70 people), leading in a ministry (like Recovery or kids), or a Lead Pastor, there are principles of leading and developing others that I find I need to be reminded of over and over again.
- Engaging Culture – principles for bridging to the culture around you and doing church where you do life. Only 4% of the Millennial Generation attend church any given Sunday, so we must learn how to go to them and “be all things to all people” like Paul talked about. Only then can we help them know the Life and Freedom God longs to give them.
So I hope you will subscribe, comment, interact. God raised Christ in order to raise u up to be His body—let’s help each other live out His purposes.