I rarely do special blog posts outside of Monday mornings, but wanted to share about a couple of things on my heart on this windy, cold Wednesday afternoon:
First - I am SO thankful for Jen Causer and Mandi Ries, our two Administrative Assistants at Clinton FCC. They make my life so much better and my week in, week out ministry life so much more productive and doable - thank you Jen and Mandi! The temptation for some might be to view Mandi and Jen as mere office help, and not impactful at the level of other staff positions. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Mandi and Jen are on the front lines of day in-day out ministry and do a great job juggling the many tasks they face each week. They are literally the hands and feet of Jesus and I'm so thankful for them!
Will you join me in your own unique way and express appreciation and thanksgiving for these women who serve our church and community?
Second - I continue to be in prayer as we move toward tomorrow evening's County Board meeting that will bring a vote on the Wind Farm proposal for DeWitt County. I shared at length on Monday what I believe Christ Followers are called to do in each and every situation of life - and especially in the world of politics and community events. Let me share a couple of additional thoughts for those connected with Clinton FCC - words from the heart of your Pastor:
#1 - I'm thankful in 2019 for anyone who is willing to serve in an elected capacity on the local, state or national level. I'm thankful for each of our 12 County Board members during their service to our community and my prayer for each of the board members is this: May God grant you wisdom to make the decision you believe is best for our county. You will have people upset with you however you vote. Do what you believe is right. Lean into wisdom from above.
#2 - I'm thankful for the freedom of a democracy. I'm thankful for the ability to share personal opinions and perspectives with elected government officials without fear of punishment or persecution. I have exercised this right multiple times in my adult lifetime. I'm thankful for time during official government meetings to speak and be heard. And it would appear the vast majority of people in our county on both sides of this issue have exercised this right in an honorable and dignified manner. And for that I am thankful.
#3 - Friday is coming. A decision will be made on Thursday night and a group of people that are very invested in this issue will leave very disappointed - either the pro-wind farm group or anti-wind farm group. They will believe the wrong decision was made. It is my hope and prayer - whatever the outcome - we can come together as a community and as a county and move beyond the disappointment. And for followers of Jesus - and especially Clinton FCC - I pray we can set the pace in this regard.
#4 - Finally - please know my door is always open if you want to visit or share or pray together. I am far from the best preacher and certainly far from the best "blogger" - whatever or whoever that is - and I realize sometimes written words can create more questions than answers. Please know I am always open to a conversation - either in person, via text/email or on the phone. My greatest passion is that Clinton FCC will be a beacon of light and hope for our community - especially during times of conflict, pain or tragedy.
Well that's all for this Wednesday - off to do radio in Decatur. Join Wayne Kent and myself from 5-7pm tonight on WSOY AM 1340 during the Direct Line radio show.