May 18, 2012
I have never been in a marathon, but sometimes life and ministry feels something like what I imagine it would be like. In order to be the man God wants me to be and do the things He wants me to do, I need to train, be focused, disciplined, maintain a steady pace, get up when I fall (which will happen), and endure to the end. A positive attitude and a persistent hope for the finish line sure help too. Of course, no matter how prepared one is, life and ministry, like a marathon, is also sometimes tiring. I'm sure you can relate. These past few weeks have definitely felt like this.
- I’ve prepared and taught three in-depth Bible Studies inside the Capitol each week (two for legislators and one for Capitol staff/lobbyists/department heads), plus one or two each week at my church, enjoying God's word as we go chapter by chapter through the Gospel of Matthew. It’s amazing how relevant it all is. We’ve recently examined the accounts of the rich, young, ruler (i.e. legislator?) in Matthew 19 and Jesus' counter-culteral teaching on servant leadership in Matthew 20. A timely question we also discussed last week was "How does someone campaign in a way that glorifies God?" (I wish you could have been in on that conversation!)
- I’ve met one-on-one with many State Senators, Assembly Members, staff, and lobbyists to share the Good News, encourage them in the Lord, and provide pastoral counsel. I am often blown away by how the Lord works in these private meetings.
- I’ve attended a number of legislators’ fundraiser events to build connections and engage in God-appointed discussions (while sampling finger foods).
I spoke at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Auburn, the National Day of Prayer on the Capitol steps, and many church services (including five in one week).
I’ve made connections at events, including the South Placer County National Day of Prayer and the 51st annual State Prayer Breakfast.
I recently visited every state legislator’s office and contacted each of the constitutional officers to invite them to upcoming Luis Palau events in and near the Capitol.
I am happy to say that God has given me strength and is opening a wider "door for effective service" (1 Corinthians 16:9). I’ll admit that I’m sometimes a bit weary as I trudge along, but I have a BIG smile on my face as I see what God is doing and think about the value of it all.
Thanks for your partnership in this race we are running together.
Hebrews 12:1-2 “… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, …”
1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win."
Your Missionary to the State Capitol,
California State Director
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