For when I am weak, then I am strong
There, I said it. Now I can go on without worry knowing that this has a potential of being a long post. Just in case I forget at the end, I said it up front.
Being a leader over a group of men is not easy. I am no Apostle Paul by ANY stretch, but at times it becomes clearer to me what he meant in 2 Cor 11:28 when he said “Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches.” I am NO PAUL, and I clearly understand that.
I am, however, a very busy person. “I know… I know,” most all of us are busy, but I am speaking of me right now… not you, or us. Just me. I work a minimum of 12 hours a day most every day in a job that I love and for a boss that does the same thing and understands. That’s a bigger blessing than I can express.
In addition to my job, I spend a LOT OF TIME leading the ministry that God gave me and other men in Sept 2011. Every Wednesday night, with the exception of maybe 4-5 times a year, the brothers get together for our weekly meeting. 95% of the time I, often with the help of my wife, make home-cooked meals for an average of 18-20 men. Every. Single. Week. We do this gladly.
In addition to the food, I also study daily and prepare to teach what the Lord has laid on my heart to present to the guys. Sometimes there are very hard topics that are not easy to present, but… I do this gladly.
I spend hours and hours upgrading, maintaining, and repairing most of the brother’s bikes without charge, but… I do this gladly. It is part of my personal ministry.
Every week, someone or several come in to my shop that need to talk, ask a question, visit, or just pal around and I do this with a full heart and glad to do it. Sometimes the visits are tough as I must seek God’s Wisdom as I counsel