I have become one of those people who enjoys having 5-10 minutes to wake up before I actually get out of bed each morning. An alarm is usually not necessary for me but I use one anyway. Since receiving a Blackberry from Todd on Valentine’s Day, this is what I use. As soon as I dismiss the alarm the emails and text messages download. Next I read any items that look good. It is a blessing that I am a fast reader. Always on my list…anything personal to me along with blogs/newsletters from folks such as Perry Noble, Mark Batterson, Dan Reiland’s Pastor’s Coach, etc. These leaders challenge and stretch me. I love this time of personal growth.
This morning I received a newsletter from Chris Conrad. Chris is a pastor and church planting coach. He is an amazing person (so is his mom) and the best friend a church planter can have. I believe today was his most powerful newsletter EVER. A big shout out to Chris! Today he shared his thoughts on what we preach about. And the difference between preaching our own personal vision and agenda vs. preaching Christ. Powerful! Such an awesome post. Can’t link you to his newsletter but if you want a copy you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being a creature of habit I grab a cup of coffee (Todd gets up earlier than I and brews it) along with my Bible and journal. 90% of the time I choose my back patio garden area for my morning time with the Lord. Sipping my hot cup of joe I turn to John 14 this morning. Vs. 6 pierces my heart…I am the way, the truth and the life. I open another Bible and read I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. I’ve read these verses so many times but today I am struck by the simplicity of this truth, yet we (I) can so easily miss it.
Jesus is the #1 key to everything. Personal growth, relationship growth, church growth. Jesus is the key to every marriage problem. Jesus is the key to every decision you are in the process of making. Jesus is the key to your state of mind. Jesus is the key to building that dynamic youth ministry. Jesus is the key to peace. Not books, formal education, conferences or anything else, though these things can be good. JESUS is the key to everything.
What do you think about this?