This weekend was intense, but in a good way. There are times when I know I will be extra busy and this weekend was one of those times. The Bible never talks about living a balanced life, and I know that from time to time, I will be stretched both physically and mentally.
I struggled with message preparation all week. For those of you who preach, you know that from time to time things don’t fall into place. I didn’t get much sleep Saturday night so I was running on empty Sunday morning, but yet again the Holy Spirit sustained me and carried me through. We had a great service, even though we were way down on attendance because of vacations and the Fiddler’s convention in town. I decided when I got up to preach that I needed more time to fully develop the message, so I made the choice to split the message into two weeks. That immediately took some stress off and from there things finally started to fall into place. I left everyone hanging a little bit, so I’m actually looking forward to coming back next week to resolve the tension of some of the unanswered questions.
I had committed to speak at a youth event on Sunday night, but with my struggle to come up with the message for Sunday morning, I didn’t have time to really properly prepare another message just a few hours later. So I just trusted God and decided to just share from the heart. I scribbled out a few notes and downed an Amp and decided at the last minute to share some wisdom from Ecclesiastes. The turnout was great for the service, the worship from Souled Out was passionate and uplifting, and God just took control of the message. It just proved to me that many times I depend too much on my own ability instead of trusting the Holy Spirit to speak through me. I even busted out a little popping and locking from my breakdancing days of the 80’s. It was fun and hopefully it was inspiring to the teens as well. I challenged them to be original and create the culture, to be authentic and quit playing games, and to be intentional about sharing their faith. And I learned a little more about myself in the process.