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Living and dieing

Posted by Tim :: Tim's thoughts

Tomorrow (11/9) Matt Heerema, Michael Riley and I will be flying to Orlando Florida for an Emerging Leaders Gathering. I'm so looking forward to hanging with these guys, hearing from Godly leaders on how to advance the Kingdom, and, of course, catching some rays.
For awhile, someone else will be doing all the work and I get to relax and soak it in. It'll be the good life.

So here I am the day before tomorrow. I've received several e-mails about a disgruntled family ready to leave the church (not because of me this time), an e-mail about how I am forcing my will upon the Rock and people feel like I don't listen to them and don't care about their opinions, and I just had an unexpected meeting with a woman suffering from severe depression. AND IT'S MY DAY OFF FOR CRYING OUT LOUD (you should see what an actual work day looks like).

As they say, life is hard, but it's harder when you're a leader. I didn't realize how hard it would be to die to yourself... a life where you give your life away. You just lay it down for others in love and obedience to Christ. I suppose it wouldn't be so bad if your own teammates wouldn't kick you when you're down.

Oh well, time moves on... Orlando tomorrow and soon after that HEAVEN!


Comments

"life is tough, but its tougher when your stupid!"

fight the good fight, run the race, pour your life out like a drink offering.

Posted by: paul at November 9, 2004 09:38 AM

tim,

believe it or not, seeing your life and the pain that you willingly bear for the sake of those you're leading just further confirms to me that you're the man that i want to be following and supporting.

i believe in you and trust you. i see you burning for God and setting the high bar for the rest of us. hold fast, even though you might not be able to always see it, we're all behind you and we love you.

thank you so much for blessing that you've been to the rock. without this family that you're pastoring i'd be lost and alone. i'm praying for you all the time.

-nate

Posted by: nate at November 10, 2004 09:12 AM

Nate... thank you. I am very, very encouraged to see your post. It's seeing brothers like you on the wall that makes me think, "How can I stop now? My brothers are pushing forward." I love you bro.

Posted by: Tim at November 10, 2004 08:39 PM

I pray for you and your family Tim! Thank you for laying your life down... I have reaped the blessings of that many many times. I'm praying God encourages you mucho while you're in Orlando!

Posted by: Jamie at November 10, 2004 08:47 PM