Two days and counting. I feel like one of those horses standing in its gate waiting for the gun to go off and the gate to open. Laura, the kids and I went to the Horse Park in Lexington a couple of years ago and watched some of the races (with our money kept safely in our wallets). The horses were beautiful, and they literally were "chomping at the bit" for the gate to open and the race to begin. I'm not going to call myself a race horse (maybe a farm mule?), but I am eager to get started on this journey of serving, preaching, teaching, and leading alongside a wonderful staff and eldership.
After making it through my first congregational meeting :) I'm all the more excited about running this race with you. The writer of Hebrews encourages us with these words, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart" (Hebrews 12:1-3).
I am grateful beyond words for the "great cloud of witnesses" that surrounds each of us in the race we run. That brings encouragement and hope as we run with perseverance. And, of course, we run with our eyes fixed on Jesus. This coming Sunday we're having a special prayer time in the Fireside Room at 8:15 a.m. and you're welcome to join us. After we pray, Laura wants us to sing, "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" as a reminder that this new season at E91 is not about Rick Grover, but it's about all of us laboring together with joy for the glory of Jesus Christ. We fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Just as John Samples so beautifully reminded us this past Sunday, we are to be about the business of bringing glory to Jesus Christ! I encourage you to invite others to join you this coming Sunday as we begin this new season of bringing glory to Christ through the ministry of E91!