Happy Birthday to me!
Hey Friends –
Several big things happening (or happened already) this week …
First: Sunday, October 31: our church had it’s annual “Halloween-alternative” function. We used to call it “Hallelujah Night” or “Hallelujah Hoe-Down”, as it would be held in the evenings. This year, a huge team of our “Kid Revolution” leadership took the reigns and made it a community-wide event. There were tons of churches represented and we raised over $10,000 for a young family on the island – the father was recently diagnosed with cancer – so this became a benefit for their family.
Sunday Evening (Oct 31) I headed 45 minutes south to Woodbine United Methodist Chuch where I ministered and did a concert. It was a sweet time and we really encountered the Lord in a special way that evening.
Monday, November 1st – a special day indeed – it marked my 9-year anniversary of moving to Saint Simons Island, GA and being a part of Christian Renewal, SSI. I moved here from Vicksburg, MS back on Oct 31st, 1995 – and it’s been a great place to live, work, and minister.
Tuesday – November 2nd – well – that’s a big day for ALL OF US here in the USA, huh!?
Saturday, November 6th – ahh … HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! I celebrate my 34th birthday (yeah, I know – such a young ole’ pup). I’ve got some clear goals and vision already in place for this new “year” of my life and look forward to jumping out of the gate!
Blessings to you all!
Well, here we are – Election 2004 – today. Oh how I wish it would REALLY be over today! Truth is, I’ll be surprised if we aren’t faced with lawsuits and weeks of rumbling before we know who our next Presidential leader will be.
Still, what a great honor we have to choose our leader. I’ve seen lots of articles about what the extent of a Believer’s role in politics should be. One thing I know for sure – the countries in the Bible that had Godly leaders were blessed. I’m also reminded of the parable of the good steward. I’d think that our “vote” is a “talent” that we’d best take advantage of, and cast with confidence and with the clear leading of the Holy Spirit. I hope you’ll do the same today.
I’m not afraid to declare my personal choice. I’m proud to be a supporter of George W. Bush. Not because he’s a Republican – but because I PERSONALLY feel that his views on important issues are more in tune with my own views that I’ve formed by searching the Word of God – not by listening to political pundits. (although I’ve listened to them way too much!) I’ll be disappointed if GW loses, and I’m not quite as confident as some of my friends who think it will be a “decisive victory”.
What is he does lose? I’ll roll up my sleeves and continue to pray for my President. I’ll be a blessing, and walk in love – and not display anger, hatred, or judgment. If this election does not turn out as you would like, I’d encourage you to not get into “judgment” … for our hope and freedom comes from the Lord – not from a political office or party. Granted, having one candidate over another may make things “easier” to advance God’s Kingdom here on the earth – but ultimately, regardless, my prayer is simply “thy Kingdom come – thy Will be done”.
For the Kingdom,