Part of my job as a leader is to constantly paint a picture of the future–a picture of where God is leading. Often times that results in me speaking about what could be, but may not be yet–the people we have not yet reached, the dreams we have not yet realized, the money we have not yet raised, the walls we hav not yet built, the lives we have not yet changed and on down the line.
And while it’s important to acknowledge opportunity and the potential of all the places in which God is leading us, we also need to stop, at times, to acknowledge what already is. I think that’s what Thanksgiving is all about.
And while I may be preoccupied with the future God has planned for Midcurrent, and all that awaits us in the months and years to come, I am also incredibly grateful for the here-and-now, and all of the blessings that are so evident at Midcurrent.
So today I wanted to take a moment to highlight all that I am giving thanks for when it comes to our collective work together.
I thank God for:
- the 100+ volunteers who give of their time and talent to God’s work here every single
- an amazing, gifted, and dedicated staff who serves alongside me
- a church full of people committed to creating a space where real people and a real God meet
- a church full of people who, time and time again, respond overwhelmingly to the real needs in the community and in the world
- Camp St. Croix and the home it has been for an unbelievable fours years of ministry
- the generosity so many of you have shown–generosity that is paving the way for a new place to call home
I don’t pretend to know the “not yet” you might be consumed with. But, this week, I am giving all of us permission to take a vacation from focusing on the future. Instead, let’s be on the look out for God’s blessings that exist right in front us today.
I know I am giving thanks to God for each of you.
Hope you have a great week with family and friends.
And I hope to see you on Sunday for the last week in our series Dan the Man. We’ll talk about how it is we live with integrity for the long haul.
10:30am // Camp St. Croix // YouTube.com/MidcurrentChurch