I constantly struggle with what God views as success and what man views as success.
When I worked in the mortgage industry what I needed to do was clear, whatever made me the most money.
When I played competitive sports what I needed to do was clear, whatever caused me to have the best chance to win!
I know that God has called me to pastor for a reason. I know that He wants me to help lead people to be more like Him and for them to lead others to be more like Him. (Ephesians)
For those of you who do not know, I didn't plan to plant a church. I didn't dream of it for years and years. I didn't even know much about church planting. It just happened ( which has been cool and not cool in many ways, lol).
I believe that it was God's plan. I believe that I was obedient to His call on my life. I believe that He is using us to do incredible things.
Our church is growing numerically, but I don't just want to have bigger numbers.
People are getting excited, but I don't just want our church to be cool.
We are doing things, but I don't just want to do a lot of stuff.
I want God to be pleased with me. I want to be in His will. I want people to be transformed through what we are doing.
I see a lot of guys who are pastors or want to be pastors who (regardless of what they say or what I will say about them) want man's recognition for what they do.
I do not want to be that guy; I can't be that guy even when I try.
I don't want to be successful, I want to be a servant. For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve.
Love is not a victory march,it's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen