When They Come and Go
I am sitting in the San Marcos Public Library looking through the windows at the sunshine and beautiful trees. I am preparing for Sunday’s sermon and listening to Michael W Smith’s new EP “Save Me From Myself”. Because it is Michael W Smith, it is produced with incredible skill on an incredible budget. It sounds amazing. Completely professional. This is not surprising because he has been doing this type of quality project for over 20 years.
What amazes me is that the bass player on this album used to look at these same beautiful, sun washed San Marcos trees with me. We were partners in San Marcos building a wonderful church in this little town. Now, he has been called to other things within the kingdom. San Marcos is still in his heart but his body is in Nashville doing wonderful ‘stuff’ for God.
As a pastor, I can look at this situation in many different ways.
Look at what I lost. An amazing musician, friend, brother in law, church leader, etc the list goes on and on. What could have we continued to do here in San Marcos with the momentum we achieved? I’m ticked, hurt, confused, lost, bitter at God and Jake.
Or, I can see through faith. I don’t understand the next move, but I put my FAITH in God that the move is best for my worship leader and my church. The move will cause me some personal discomfort, but comfort is not really a prerequisite for the will of God. The lord will provide sustenance for our next step. Plus, look at how this house trained and equiped this minister for his next step in God’s plan. A plan that led him away from here.
As leaders, we must not hold on to what could have been. What could have been is obviously not what God intended, so let it go. Let them leave. It feels so much better.
Yesterday, I got a call from an incredible family in our church that has been a foundation for 6 years (our church is only 7 years old). They moved into Austin and feel called to that area and not San Marcos. They have been small group leaders, Sunday School teachers, landscapers, and strong financial contributors. When they came to the church, their family was struggling in many ways and they leave PSM strong on many levels. God used this local church to help them transform into a strong family of faith.
This morning, I had breakfast with a new family that just joined PSM a few weeks ago. They are in love with the vision and direction of the church and can’t wait to get involved.
When folks enter the church we have the option to possess them, control, manipulate, and try to keep them forever. Or, we can understand our role. God has trusted us to steward over them and guide them the best we can.
I love you, Jacob, and so proud of the direction your act of faith has taken you. I believe in you!
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Posted on August 19, 2010, in Church Business and tagged bass player, faithful member, jacob lowery, michael w smith, promiseland church, save me from myself, when people leave church. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.