Sunday afternoons are pretty fun!
Not because of football! But, if I had cable that would be another reason they’re fun!
Because typically, Facebook just lights up about peoples experiences that morning at Thrive Church!
It’s so humbling to grab my computer and read away.
It’s humbling because I love, LOVE what God is doing in peoples lives. It’s just amazing! To hear stories of life transformation. To hear stories of life change. To hear stories of peoples excitement about what Jesus is doing in their hearts is just…
Amazing. Humbling. Fantastic. Honoring. Awesome.
And, to be a part of this church, even though its a tiny little sliver…again, is so humbling.
I’m so blessed to be Thrive’s Pastor and it is not something I take lightly. I love that I have been called to be Thrive’s Pastor, I love my work, I love my job and I love the people that are a part of Thrive Church. I love Central MI and I love the vision we have for reaching the unchurched.
On Sunday, there was a Facebook post that really made me sit down. It wasn’t bad. It was so stinking nice and so humbling to read.
It was posted by a Thriver I very much respect and her words just hit me.
They hit me hard!
In the post she said I was brave.
Gosh, those words just hit me.
You know why?
Because Church Planting is Hard! Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not. This has been the hardest endeavor of my life.
It has been difficult, it’s been an uphill battle and there have been times that have been so hard, I wanted to scream! Then, hit something and then move to a beach!
No, really! Planting a church is not easy. I’ve learned that and I’m only a year in! I don’t care if you have a ton of start up money or no money, it’s hard.
It doesn’t matter if you start with a large group of people or a small group.
It’s just hard. There are challenges, there are obstacles, there are lack or resources, there are negative words by Jesus following people, there is the weight of being a part of peoples lives and it’s an uphill journey.
Now, it’s a GREAT journey! To see something start from nothing is AMAZING! To pray and pray and pray and then to see God answer your prayers is AMAZING! And it’s all worth it!
Because people matter to God. Because people desperately need a Savior. Because people desperately need a community that loves and cares for them.
The local church is the hope of the world and we need more dynamic–life-giving–not bent on traditions churches!
So, I know this post was a little self-servicing. I hope it didn’t come across that way.
I was just really honored and I wanted to share.