Over the years I have had few opportunities to go skiing. I have always enjoyed it but I had to go a few times before I really got comfortable! One of the things I remember more than anything is the feeling that you get when you are at the top of a new slope and get to the edge and begin looking down. From your vantage point the slope can look very steep and overwhelming. At that moment you know if you go any further that there will be no turning back. You stop and reconsider should I go and risk life and limb or do I turn around and go to the bunny slope! You know deep down that the bunny slope will be comfortable, safe and enjoyable. On the other hand you know that the black diamond you are looking down will be an amazing thrill that can only come from tackling the slope. The other thing is that if you take the slope and make it happen you will have improved your skill as a skiier! In the end riding the black diamond will be a whole lot more fun than the bunny slope!
I know that God has called my family and I to church planting and over the last nine months we have been trying to discern God’s location for us. Just recently Amy, the Wilson’s and I have been looking at a city very closely and have had some positive things come out of discussions with those who currently minister there. All of us are starting to feel as though this may be the place God is calling us to, oh how exciting! Even in the excitement though I feel like the skiier sitting on the edge of the black diamond trying to move forward but knowing once you do you are beginning a ride of a lifetime! That is what it feels like to make that decision that this is where we are to plant! I know that once it begins it will be a thrill ride with many ups and downs that will last for many years to come!
So what a great place to be- sitting at the top of the slope looking down on what will be an amazing ride! A ride that will teach you many great things and is filled with great joys and great dangers! A ride that will never be forgotten!
Please pray for us as we continue to discern God’s will and vision for this church plant!