Echoes of a time gone by. Searching through the deep recesses of my being. These are some things that my mind has been occupied by recently. Ask me and I might tell you about it.
Just as Jen wrote earlier, we need to be ready to share our whole lives with each other. That means our thoughts, our frustrations, our choices, our actions, and most of all, our hearts. We need to be willing to open up to others as much as possible. This is the only chance we have of coming alive.
I wish for each of you to share something with someone else today. Call a friend, walk over to someone’s house. Open up for others to see.
Taking a step out, we are ready to move into a new place on 11/11. Thank goodness because if everyone comes on Sunday mornings, we will be quite deep in each other’s arms (literally).
Coming alive means always expanding. Always looking for ways to come alive in a bigger and better way. Searching for God more and more everyday. Coming alive means always getting away from that which brings death. And I have read a ton of church planting books that suggest that a huge way to hurt yourself is to outgrow your meeting place and still stay there. Always look for things that others can bring more and more people to, that is what the books tell you. They might be right.
Patio, we are growing. We really are. We are growing in faith, we are growing in opportunities. We are growing in commitments. We have more people on the way and others who are still praying about joining this whole movement of life. We are at a place where we could be satisfied and thus, stop moving forward, and hence, we will stop coming alive. But there is so many things on the horizon. Many different adventures left to begin. And the best part, we haven’t even launched. We have a core. We have a group of people who are going to be the heart and lifeblood of this community, but let’s pray that God will reveal to us the rest of the body of this community that we need.
Mike and I were talking on Sunday about how great the people are in this church. How close we feel to each of you. How sacrificial you all are. I am limited in experience, as each of you knows, but I have never had so much fun in my life. I feel like a little kid living out here. In many ways, I am acting like one but thanks for making the Patio so much fun.