So we are on the journey to plant this church and along the way it has been great, scary, crying, frustrating, burdening, humbling..if it ends with an “ing”, I’ve probably felt it. While this is way big for us as a family, it is great knowing that we have some amazing people as part of the core launch team. I am so honored that we have an excellent group of people joining us here in Austin. Not only are the qualified, God fearing, God loving, truth seeking, peace making, hard working people I know. But they are also…
My new role as Lead Pastor of Revive Church has been a good experience. While we are only in the pre-launch phase of the plant I am still getting used to being called “Pastor Ray”. I kinda chuckle when I hear it (yes I know I am immature), but that’s where I am at right now. Leading a group of 11 core members has been great. As each week passes by our commitment to Christ, the church plant, the people and to one another is gaining strength and momentum.
There have been some moments in which I kinda freaked out a bit, thinking to myself…”this is great we are all in one accord…but what about when we aren’t in one accord…what then? Can I lead them in turmoil? Will they follow?”
Those thoughts pop in and out ever so often. I think it’s normal to think and consider how you lead. So I think these thoughts, because I want to be the leader that I am called to be…
But there are those moments…you question
And then there are moments that you have with the team or with an individual in which in that moment you could storm the gates of HELL and nothing could stop you and your team.
I recently had one of those moments, and it totally blew me away. I received a text last Thursday night quoting 1 Samuel 14:7 and it blew me away. I just sat there reading it over and over again. Here is what 1 Samuel 14:7 says…
And his armor-bearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Do as you wish. Behold, I am with you heart and soul.”
I can not tell you how much that meant to me. The power of words and scripture…WOW!