What is Your Legacy?

Yesterday I traveled to Crestwood for a meeting. I serve on a couple of conference teams, and it is always a pleasure to learn from colleagues about best ministry practices and work together to help discover, develop, and send passionate and spiritual leaders across Kentucky.

The drive to Crestwood from Princeton is about 3 hours, with traffic. This provides several opportunities to catch up on downloaded podcasts and listen to your favorite music. One of the things I listened to, yesterday, was the “Hamilton” soundtrack from the award-winning musical.th

I’ve had the soundtrack for several months, but it was the first time I sat down in one sitting to listen to the entire album. The entire musical is a fascinating telling of the story of Alexander Hamilton and his involvement in the country’s founding. It is my hope that one day I will be able to see the musical in person, but for now I’m satisfied with the album.

One of the last songs in the musical is entitled “The World Was Wide Enough.” It describes the events surrounding the famous duel between Hamilton and then Vice President Aaron Burr. There is a lyric that graps your attention when the song reaches Hamilton’s mindset and version of the event.

Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.

I love lyric. I especially love what it means for each of us as we give witness to our faith. Every day we are leaving a legacy. This is particularly true in the ways we are giving a lasting impression upon those who are coming behind us. We have an opportunity to inspire, encourage, and teach young believers, children, and others who will take up the mantle of the church after us about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Planting seeds in a garden you never get to see reminds me a lot about Paul. This is what he did with someone like Timothy. He invested in his life, encouraged him, and helped him to be the leader and disciple God called him to be. Paul never allowed the difficulties of life or being in prison prevent him from investing in someone else.

There are people all around you who yearn for someone to take an interest in them, to encourage them, and to have someone who wants to be a part of their life. That is how you leave a legacy, because the ways you invest in someone will encourage a lifelong commitment of faith in ways that you may never get to see for yourself.

So, I wonder who might be someone who God is calling you to invest in? Who is someone that you can encourage? Who is someone that you can spend time with and helping them experience all that God has for them?

How might you leave a legacy by planting seeds in the life of someone else?

 

 

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Some Questions to Think About

Perhaps it is the old journalist in me, but I appreciate a good question. A good question can lead to further dialogue. A good question can arouse our interest in a subject. A good question can force us to reflect on where we are and where we might be going.

There are some questions I am thinking about as I think about where God is leading us at Ogden Memorial. Questions that I hope will inspire further dialogue, reflection, and work as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world here in Princeton.

I would love to hear your thoughts and reflections on some of these questions that I am wrestling with. Some of them include:

What does it mean to be a church that is active and engaged throughout Princeton and Caldwell County?

How are we encouraging people to grow deeper in love with Christ and one another through our ministries and witness?

What are the things that make Ogden Memorial stand out as a witness of God’s love? In other words, what are the things that we value as a church?

Who are we  as a community and where is God leading us?

I invite you to reflect and pray over these questions with me. I believe the answers to these questions will come as we seek to be faithful in our ministries and witness of Jesus Christ and seek to follow the Lord wherever God may be leading us. We may not see the answers come to light immediately, but in time we will see how God is calling us to claim the ministry and mission of God’s love in powerful ways that shares the hope of Christ with all people.

Better Than a Drive-Thru

I’ve been reading, this week, looking ahead to 2018 and contemplating where I believe God is leading us at Ogden Memorial. One of the books I am reading is Richard Foster’s classic Celebration of Discipline.

This was a book I had to read in seminary, which meant it was one of those you rushed to finish in order to move to the next assignment. I’ve always appreciated what I read from the book, but nothing really struck me as deeply profound because I was reading it with a different purpose of simply completing an assignment.

That is until I read the book’s first paragraph this week. It says:

Superficiality is the cure of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.

Foster wrote those words in the 1970s. They are still appropriate for us today. We are in hurry in a life and, as a result, we never experience the fullness of God’s desires for us. Continue reading

What is the Church Here For?

We all have a definition of the church. Some of us may see the church as the building where we gather for weekly worship and Christian discipleship. Others may see the church as an institution that primarily exists for Christians who seek to be in relationship with other Christians. Perhaps some others may see the church as a community that is not important for spiritual growth and discipleship.

How do you see the church? How do I see the church?472017_436765336365086_256924354_o

My definition of the church is it is the “ongoing witness of Jesus Christ in a broken and hurting world.” The church, for me, is not a noun. It is a living and breathing movement of God. Continue reading