(The message you’re about to read is in my opinion, one of the greatest messages I’ve ever written! It’s MUCH DEEPER than it will seem at a first glance. So, read it several times until touches your life the way it is touching mine right now!)
I’m writing todays blog from home; decided to ride with the rest of my family to church this morning… for Pastor Appreciation Day! I wrote on my facebook status last night: It feels just like Christmas Eve tonight! I’m out of my mind about church at destiny family center tomorrow!
This morning feels like Christmas morning when I was a kid. I always woke up before everyone else, just like today (except for maybe Dave Harman)… and I’m just waiting for the rest of the world to HURRY UP, because it’s “the most wonderful day… of the year!” (lalala!)
I was trying to figure out why I’m so much more hyper about this years celebration than I’ve been in past years. I think it’s because I’m NOT nervous that there might be a single person in my current circle who’s secretly irritated about people honoring my family.
Rose Schleifer sent me a text this morning, asking me if I knew what today was… and I said: I already feel more appreciated than ever in my life and the day hasn’t even started! She replied to me with the following text: I’m glad that you all feel appreciated, cuz not only do we appreciate you, WE LOVE YOU!
LOVE makes the difference! And my family has never felt more genuinely LOVED by any group of people in all our lives!
I had a phenomenal conversation with Emily, Heaven, Cole Moore, and Aaron & Kelli Huffer last night about unity, and the difference between love and hate… here is the thought!
Love is the strongest unifying agent in the universe… but hate is much easier! Therefore, most groups unify around a common hate theme (usually a common hated person). The bad thing for unified haters is that the only way to stay close in a hater circle, is to keep hating. And if the hate victim end up surviving the hate campaign… and he defies all odds to become a much better person… this is not good for the haters, unless they fabricate more reasons to hate… or they finally decide to unify in love! Unity that’s built in LOVE is a much DEEPER unity! Believe me, I’ve been in both circles… and this CIRCLE OF LOVE I belong to right now, is making this moment, one of the greatest moments of my entire life!
So, today is not just about honoring a Pastor and his family… it’s about a UNITY ESTABLISHED IN LOVE! Wooohoooooooooooo! My God, that will preach all day long! lol
Sure, the gifts and the Pastor Appreciation offering are both super fun components of every great Pastor Appreciation day… but, there is NOTHING to be compared with this LEVEL OF LOVE!
Who could have predicted one year ago today, that things would be this great for us? Who could have predicted one year ago today, that we would have a CHURCH FAMILY LIKE THIS! Who could have predicted one year ago today, that there was a LOVE OUT THERE WAITING TO BE EXPERIENCED… a LOVE SO MUCH DEEPER than any of us had ever FATHOMED, even in our wildest dreams!
Back in the 90′s, preachers were saying that IF a church could ever reenact the unity described in the book of Acts chapter 1 and 2, then that church would become identical in EVERY WAY to the very FIRST church… and that NOTHING would be able to prevent such a church from changing the known world!
After preaching thousands of messages on the topic of unity… and never even coming close to producing it, all the preachers eventually moved on to other trending topics. I feel like Indiana Jones right now… like my team of spiritual archeologists JUST FOUND THE HOLY GRAIL OF UNITY ESTABLISHED IN LOVE!
Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity!
John 17:22-24 (Jesus talking) “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
Ephesians 4:11-13 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
Is this making sense? It’s almost too wonderful for words! Sela!
Here’s a great video clip from Lion King: We Are One!
I’m gonna stop writing now… and get back to praying HUGE BLESSINGS on all of my family and friends… on all of you guys and gals. I LOVE YOU ALL! See some of you in a few hours! Have a most triumphant Sunday!
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!