Last night was our first interest meeting for New City Church. 37 of us gathered together to learn a little bit more about the vision, mission, and plans that we have. I am truly thankful for everyone who took the time to come out.
In some ways, it felt a bit surreal, we are finally doing this. Years of dreaming, praying, and preparing, and we are now starting on the journey of planting a church.
And of course, every big new thing that happens in my life is accompanied by some sadness as well. A glaring reminder that my Dad isn’t with us. The whole process of planting a church is often a reminder actually. Knowing how much wisdom he could have shared, and how much of a help he would have been.
However I am also reminded that none of this would be happening without him as well. I wouldn’t be in the position to do something like this if it weren’t for all he did for me and my family. I wouldn’t have had the example of what it looks like to truly follow Jesus if not for him.
As we begin, I have to keep reminding myself to focus on what’s coming next, not just the what we hope the end result to be. To focus and prepare for what next month will bring, and not just the total amount of money that needs to be raise, or the total amount of people we hope to have on our launch team.
At the beginning, the end goals seem daunting, but not quite as bad when I only look out a few weeks at a time.
But in the end, the only real question that matters is this one: was I faithful?
I’ll have to ask myself that a lot on the road ahead. When things don’t go as planned, or go much slower than I had hoped. Am I being faithful? That’s really the most important question anyone of us can ask, no matter what your situation may be.
I truly am excited for what’s this ahead. I couldn’t believe more in what we are going to do. And I look forward to years down the road were we can look back at what happened at our very first interest meeting and think, “God has been more faithful than we could have ever imagined.”