Tomorrow marks three years since Mallory and I loaded all of our belongings in a small moving truck and headed south to Pastor at Cornerstone.
I am prone to sentimentality. Markers like this always cause me to reflect upon my life and ministry. Things have changed more than I could have imagined.
Personally, we have a beautiful daughter with another daughter coming in the next couple of months. Mallory has found wonderful friends and places to use her many gifts in ministry. We bought a house, and have done some significant remodeling since buying it.
Pastorally, I’ve learned that I don’t really know that much! I’ve made a ton of mistakes, and I’ve learned that it’s ok. We’ve also seen God do some amazing things. I could never have expected our church to grow as fast as we have. We are in the middle of transforming our Sunday School to what we call “Cornerstone Bible Fellowships,” with groups meeting at different times and locations throughout the week. Our elders are also putting together our new discipleship curriculum designed to help call, teach, and develop leaders in our church. And on top of all of that, we are about to start construction on our new worship center! It will be interesting to see what God does in the next three years at Cornerstone!
Mallory and I talked about how quick it has gone- but also, how it seems like it’s been a lot longer than 3 years. We still miss our dear friends and family at Freeman Heights in Garland. We stay in contact with them, and go to visit as often as we can. God is blessing their ministry too! Those relationships encourage us to keep going here in Kountze. We have seen the fruit that 6 1/2 years of building relationships brings. Sometimes I wish there were shortcuts to get to that point- but we trust that God’s timing is perfect.
It is a blessing to serve the Lord! As we all continue to serve, it is important to take opportunities to look behind us and before us! Let God’s faithfulness encourage and bless you as you continue in His service.
And one, ten, twenty…..or three years later, you can still be confident that His grace sufficient.