Thu, Oct 22nd - 5:20PM
I guess there is almost no one still there who knows me but a faithful friend has asked for an update so here goes.
We are at a new church. The bad feelings are mostly gone from the old church. I wrestled with whether to approach the leaders to make peace, and did apologize to one elder for my part. His response was disappointing and I decided that many of my motives for approaching people would have been for my benefit, and probably would have made things worse anyway. I expect that things will never improve between anyof us. But we will all move on.
Sorry to lead with the negative, but that is where I left off. The new church is great. We have plugged in, but not in all the areas that we used to serve. I have taught Bible studies and even preached once. But I have turned down any thought of being in leadership. In fact I am teaching a month long series on discipleship next month. Two hours each Sunday afternoon, on Bible, prayer, fellowship and tithing. We have a Bible study in John at our house each week. I am mentoring a couple of kids. Oh and I was Moses for a class of one 10 year old last week.
Everything else is good. The kids are in college. We have been cut a little in the bad economy, but are getting by. We are much less busy now. I thinnk that maybe I did so much in part because I was trying to "stay on God's good side." At least, I know that I wasn't doing it all for the joy of serving God. I didn't do a lot of it with joy; at least the parts that weren't teaching. So now I want to teach when I can, and avoid the rest like the plague. I see now that God doesn't NEED us to bring His Kingdom, (He can make happen what He will make happen) He just invites us to be part of it.
I tried to write for a while, but it never took off. I don't get on the interenet much. I do wish you all the best.
Love God. Let Him love You.