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November 3, 2010
when attitude counts more than skill
I always felt odd about Moses not being able to enter the Promised Land after his effort. It seemed cruel and unfair. But then someone pointed out to me that Moses' situation is not unlike ministry (and other parts of life). We don't always get to enjoy all the fruits of our efforts. They are left to others to complete.

The difficulty comes whe
n we begin to face a time of realizing that we won't see some things come to pass. A call to another church is under consideration. Retirement isn't that far away. The people we have been serving move away. The kids we are teaching grow up and move to another class. Or we get the news of a health problem that may mean we won't see a graduation or a wedding we always wanted to see. When the reality strikes, it is very difficult to not feel like a deflated balloon. Or begin the dreaded mode of coasting. These are the times when it is important to rehearse some truths:

1.    We aren't owed the privilege of seeing the end result of everything.
2.    The Bible is pretty clear that some of us plant, someone else waters, and others harvest.
3.    There are people counting on our leadership during the time we are tempted to coast.
4.    There are people watching us and need to see our faith is strong--in and out of season.

King David didn't get to see the temple built. Paul didn't get to see the fruits of much of his labor. And yet there is no evidence of any letdown on their part. Let's follow in their footsteps.

It's not important important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What's important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.  I Corinthians 3:7-8

looking ahead....
Results from recent stewardship research done by Grace Institute are in and a workshop is now available for churches contemplating their next stewardship campaign. Click here for more information on Money and the Church.

Scheduling for the beginning of 2011 has already begun. Click here to see a menu of programs that you can host and receive specials as a host church.

Marriage Enrichment Program coming for more details
Michelle Jenks, Grace Institute
2770 Montgomery Rd, Aurora, IL 60504
good ideas
1. Spend some time praying for God's guidance and wisdom.

2. Make a list of the movement you have seen in your ministry.

3. Identify the people that you need to mentor (and perhaps help become your "Joshua" so that they can continue your momentum).