I could probably tell you a lot of different things about why it was time for me to step out of this position. However, in the end, it was quite simply time.
So I spent my last half hour, of speaking with our people, dealing with a topic that I feel I can speak to more now than I could have 7 years ago or 13 years ago (the two previous times I felt lead to step away from a ministry/leadership position in a church). I decided to tackle the topic of "Some Things to Remember About God's Will".
I'm not a big "topical preaching" kind of guy, so I did my best. Here is what I came up with.
Some things to remember about God's will:1.) Just because one work is finished doesn't mean you are finished. 2.) Just because it seems easy doesn't mean God is in it. 3.) Just because it seems hard doesn't mean God is in it. 4.) Seek. Pray. Listen. Follow. Seek. Pray. Listen. Follow. Etc. 5.) Remember that what you do doesn't really matter. How you live does. "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8 ESV)God's will is not really tied to what you do vocationally but learning to live life with opened hands. If there is little that people remember about my time with GFC in Royse City, I hope it's this.
I do not really know what is next for my family and I, but I do know that we will wind up in the place we always have...right in the middle of the will of God.
In the end, I echoed the words of Paul, and pray this is what I'm always known for:
"For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preach by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ." Galatians 1:11-12