It's 3:00 AM and I'm up. Wednesdays are my writing days and I'm usually up early because I've got my messages and teaching on my mind and I'm anxious to create it and prep it for actual teaching.
18 years ago I was also up at 3:00 AM but not because I was writing a message or even thinking about a specific message or series. I was anxious though. Anxious for what I was just beginning on June 1, 1998. I was beginning to pursue a God-given dream and vision and my mind was full of dreams and visions and images and people and possibilities ... and fears. Would it work or would it be an embarassing failure?
You see, I was beginning a journey of starting a different kind of church in our community. A church that would go after and welcome those who have been burned, bored, or by-passed by the more traditional church. A church that would be rock-solid in Biblical truth but ever-changing in methodology to stay relevant. A church that would be a refreshing difference.
A lot has happened in 18 years. Far more than I could ever begin to detail here. I have changed. Others have changed. And it has all been via the grace, mercy, and power of Jesus. One thing for sure is that I never dreamed Meadow Spring Church would be where it is today. Wow!
Has it been easy? Not at all. Has it been worth it? Absolutely! There is no place on this earth I would rather be right now or over these past 18 years than starting and leading Meadow Spring Church.
Thank you to all of those who have stuck with me, hung in there and shown me grace and forgiveness for this imperfect pastor. Thank you to all those who continue to share this dream of guiding people into a refreshing relationship with Jesus. It has been a wild and extremely rewarding ride.
Above all, thank you Jesus for saving me, guiding me, forgiving me, and enabling me to do this. You promised that You would build Your Church and there is no doubt You are at Meadow! Thank you for changing me for eternity. Thank you for changing hundreds, maybe even thousands, of others for eternity.
Here's to the next 18 years!