To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

From the Heart of Your Worship Arts Minister

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 by Chuck King

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Recently I’ve been trying to heed Pastor Wes’ encouragement to us all by taking breaks from media and technology so that we can focus our hearts and minds on hearing from God.  My cellphone sometimes feels like an extra appendage and frankly, I am glad to put it down at times and get away from the nuisance it has become.  I’ll intentionally lay it aside in another room or walk away from it, or turn it off in the car, in an attempt to wean myself from the dependency of just feeling it in my hand or having it close by. 
 
Several days ago, a dear friend was in the hospital.  Louann and I had visited him several times and had offered to help with anything he might need.  After a few days he shared with us that unfortunately, his stay in the hospital was going to be extended so that more tests could be done, and treatment decided upon.  That Saturday, we were taking advantage of the beautiful weather by doing some work in the yard.  As I’ve been trying to do, I lay my phone on my bedside table and forgot about it for several hours.  But as I was puttering about in the yard, I suddenly became keenly aware of a prompting, a soft voice saying, “Go get your phone.  Your friend needs you.”  Without hesitation, I dashed into the house, and at the very moment I picked up the phone, it vibrated with the signal of an incoming text message.  It was my friend. “I’m being discharged today!  Is your taxi service available?”
 
What a great reminder that the Lord knows every detail of our lives, and that He longs to be invited into our most mundane daily activities, if we will just take the time for Him.  As the Bible clearly teaches, he speaks in “a still small voice” (I Kings 19:11-13). He is there to guide us, teach us, comfort us, encourage us, even warn us with those inner promptings from the Holy Spirit.  "Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.”  (Isaiah 55:3)  I believe we can discipline ourselves to hear from the Lord in even greater capacity, by choosing to stop the noise and distraction in our lives and simply spending time with Him.  This is something we are revisiting together as a staff in the discipleship study, THE WAY OF THE ALONGSIDER; that is, how to develop and build intentional quiet times of intimate devotion and communion with the Lord, so that we can hear and respond to His voice more readily.  I hope you’ll join us in that pursuit.  You never know when that still, small voice might be encouraging you pick up your phone!


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