Its weird sometimes when God starts moving in your life.
Since coming on board as General Director in January and moving to North Carolina, there have been several areas of my life that I have struggled finding balance in. My weight shot up in the months between my hiring last fall and my leaving First Baptist to take this position at the start of this year. I still have not found the magic combination to get rid of the excess weight. My old routine of running hasn’t resulted in weight loss. Getting older changes things. Balancing my need to learn as much as possible with the pressure of raising additional support has not come easy as well. I quickly fell back into my old workaholic ways, but that’s because I love my new ministry so much. Its not a job at all. Its a life, and I love every minute in my office, at dinner with the Marines, leading Bible Studies, visiting on base. Its incredible to love what you do this much. New Home, new town, new office, new challenges, and what fell by the wayside? What every pastor, missionary and Christian worker will tell you (if they are honest) is that our proclivity is to let our personal devotional life suffer for the sake of the work. Because Though we tell our people God won’t understand their intentional abuse of His grace, we secretly think that He will understand ours, because, well we are professional ministers,a after all.
So I hit the reset button a while ago, and gave up my OCD need to be in the office at 6:30 every morning. Instead, I still get up at O-Dark Hundred, but now I stay home for an hour or so, electing to spend my first hour at home with God, instead of my first hour in the office with God. Its much more productive this way. If you are friends with me on Facebook, you have seen my early morning posts where I have shared Bible verses and quotes from Spurgeon or Oswald Chambers, along with my pithy comments. I am taking a break from those early morning posts to concentrate on this blog.
I challenged myself in October two years ago to write everyday for 30 days on my old blog pastordavemason.com. I am planning this October to do the Inktober challenge with other artists and produce one ink drawing a day that month and post it online. Until then, I am challenging myself to post on this blog daily. So keep me honest. If you don’t see a post, message me.
The posts probably won’t be 500 words like this one. But what they will lack in length I pray they will make up for in value. That’s why I writ this anyway. To add value to your life. So check in every day and see what I have observed and written. I’ll likely share some happenings at the Center, but I plan for most posts to be about life, work, whatever I see that day that helps, challenges or interests me.
See you tomorrow.