Archive for October, 2007

A New Beginning

Posted in Uncategorized on October 30, 2007 by Sherman Gardner

This week I am ordering temporary banners (until we get our new permanent ones) to go over our church’s signs. We are changing our name. We will meet as a church family for the first time this next Sunday as Christ Community Church. This is a New Beginning! How many times in life do we get to have a new beginning? Well, a lot of us try at New Year, with resolutions. But we all know that sometimes, those resolutions fall short of our goal. The changing of a name on a church is also a type of resolution, but it is also so much more! We have chosen a new path for our family. It hurts in so many ways because change is often painful. But I want to be GREAT for Jesus and people.
One thing I really hate is mediocrity. Don’t you? It’s like being stuck, doing something the same way as before, hoping for a different result. I’ve also been told that’s definition of insanity! I am tired of mediocrity, so let’s become more. I want more. I want to be more. I expect more. More of me. More of my church family. More of God. God says seek Him first, and everything else will be taken care of. I think that sometimes we fall into seeking mediocrity (staying status quo) first, and the result is that nothing gets taken care of.
So, enough of status quo. I want more. I’m going to be more. I’m going to get more. Our church is going to be more…more than it ever has been! ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD!
Do you want more? Then get off your tail, and get it…and stop settling and living halfway. Live out loud!

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Smoke and Mirrors

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2007 by Sherman Gardner

I am very new to the whole blogging scene, but I feel like I have so much on my heart that the Lord has laid there that I want to share it. I think that blogging is just another way the Lord can use me to touch people.

I got back late Monday night from San Diego. I attended the National Youth Worker’s Convention held by Youth Specialties. In the Youth Pastor world, this is the big one. The one that has all the best exhibitors, the best speakers, bands, comedians, classes, and more. And this year was no different. I love going to this seminar. At my age, however, there’s not a whole lot in the interest classes that ‘interest’ me. They are geared to the younger pastor who is looking for help in certain areas of their ministry. I am not saying that I know it all, just almost!

One of my favorite things to do at this conference is make myself available. I love to give a hand to whoever, wherever, however I can. I really like helping young pastors out. They are so receptive and gracious. One pastor in particular this past week looked very intently into my eyes after I told him that I had been in full time youth ministry for over 21 years…as he looked into my eyes he asked ‘how’. I told him, ‘I don’t know. Only God knows.’

That young man made me stop, and look into the mirror. I took a look at myself and had to remember who I am, and whose I am. I am God’s son…I’m his boy. I try my hardest to make Him proud, and to smile. I try so hard to follow His commands; Love God, and love people. I know that when I do that…He smiles. So, when I look into that mirror, I want to Jesus.

Yeah, it was crazy in San Diego with the fires and all. I smelled the smoke and saw it in the air. People were run out of their homes, with the possibility of losing everything; and so many did lose everything. Right now, wherever you are, stop and say a prayer for those people in California.

The smoke was pretty thick even where we were. But through the thickest smoke, I still want to be seen by Him as a child of God.