My Reflection today is a bit different than usual. I want to take a few minutes to reflect on what God is doing at CrossRoad because he is busy and faithful.
But first, before I begin, I want to ask for your very specific prayers. My intention this week is to spend a couple of days planning our preaching and teaching calendar for the next year. I’m seeking your prayers for God’s spirit, wisdom and guidance to discern what God needs to tell us at CrossRoad. If you will pray specifically for this I would be blessed if you would let me know by email. It’s encouraging and helpful to know others are in prayer for you.
I must confess, (and ask forgiveness), its often easier for me to see what’s not happening instead of what God is doing. Perhaps that is true for most of us.
This is what happening . . . God is working miracles among us and I have the sense he is opening the doors for many more. This is the gift. He is working these miracles through the prayers, efforts, gifts and serving of God’s people. We get to be a part of the miracles. I’m reflecting on how gracious that is of God.
I’m reflecting on how God blessed our growth groups and Bible studies this fall. He blessed them in new and growing relationships. He blessed helping us grow spiritual through digging in and being challenged by his Word. He blessed them in life being lived together . . joys celebrated, hurts shared, prayers offered, encouragement given. Yes, I’m reflecting on the miracles God works when we commit to living our lives out in community.
I’m reflecting on how God is working among and through our young people. Together with some great sponsors they are meeting weekly to learn and grow in faith, to have fun and to serve others. We are going to have a great float at two Christmas parades this week because our middle and high school youth put it together. The teachers at Horn Lake Middle School received a gift boxed cupcake and note of encouragement because CrossRoad youth decorated, assembled and gave of their energy to make it happen. I’m reflecting on how God uses people of all ages to accomplish his mission.
I’m reflecting on how God has opened a door at a public middle school for relationships, partnerships, prayer, encouragement and support. The response we get from faculty and staff is “we never felt like anyone was on our side. Now we do.” I’m reflecting on how God is working in his world and how he lets us come along when we’re willing.
I’m reflecting on how God has used a building, LifeSpace, to reshape how we go about our mission. Hardly a day goes by that someone doesn’t stop in to discover what’s happening in this building.
God has sent social workers, teachers, students, pastors and neighbors from down the block. They are interested, curious, want to learn, want to participate, want to worship. Some have already been back for an activity or event and I’m confident more will come. Some will become leaders reaching out to their community with the love of Jesus. I’m reflecting on how God provides new spaces and sends new faces to expand his kingdom.
I’m reflecting on how Lifetree Cafe’ is opening doors with people we would have never met before. I’m reflecting on the NINE new people God brought to Lifetree last Thursday, people who can’t find a church where they “fit”. People who are lonely and looking for friends. People who would rather talk then be talked to. I’m reflecting on how these people are caring for each other, are serving in their community, are learning to live the LifeTree motto: “Doing life. Doing good.”
I’m reflecting on little things which are touching lives, connecting people to Jesus And making a difference in Jesus’ name in our world. I could keep on reflecting a long time about what God is doing but I’m also reflecting on what I can do. How can I lead better, communicate clearer, encourage more faithfully so that everyone of you would know the joy and the excitement and the challenge and the satisfaction of jumping all the way into God’s mission in our place and time?
I’m reflecting on the abundant need and the even more abundant provision of God. I’m reflecting on the hope that I can get you reflecting too…
I’m in a reflecting mood. I hope you are too.