Thursday, September 24, 2009
I'm what they call a "church planter" which means I love starting new churches. Four times per year I meet with a group of other planters for accountability, mutual learning, and strategic planning. Today and tomorrow is one of those four times.
I remember so clearly what my life was like before I came to know Jesus Christ. I was a hopeless drug-addict. I was insanely self-centered. I didn't really care about much of anything. I was subtly suicidal but I didn't have the guts to kill myself.
But then Jesus Christ revealed himself to me, out of the blue really, and totally transformed my life. I have such a long way to go still but it amazes me to think of how far he's brought me and how patient he's been with me. And it amazes me all the more to look around the table at these guys I've been meeting with and realize that the Lord has given me a place at the table--me, the hopeless, self-centered, emotionally-dead, suicidal drug-addict. That's a level of mercy and grace that I can hardly comprehend.
And that's why I'm so thankful to the Lord today.