The day I left to visit Rick (see last blog article), I received a lengthy letter from a young minister I met in a crowd a Tulsa Workshop ago, but don't really know. He poured out his heart in need of encouragement to hang on and hang in there. That was in the morning. When I went to Rick's office that afternoon, he was telling me about a young preacher who had emailed him from Indiana with exact needs. When I came into my office this morning, a voicemail awaited from a middle-aged preacher in a nearby state with a similar message.
I have some good news and some good news. The good news is men are in ministry. The good news is men like Rick, and Chris Seidman, and myself are pedaling as fast as we can with desire to help.
I'll happily do what I can to encourage such hearts. To any such men or women reading this, it would work best for you to email me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org. This works better for me, rather than phone, as I can get to more people in less time. Now let me give you Rick's home phone number.....817-......only kidding!
Here's what I would want to say to each of you regardless of whether you are on top of the world or buried by it. God knows where you are, is crazy about you now, and will offer His resurrection power for your work....Romans 8:11, II Cor. 13:4. Now you may not stay in that spot long, but you won't waste the valuable lessons God has in store while you are there.
Your work is not difficult because you drew the short straw. It is your opportunity to give up...as we all have at some point...in order for God to get to show His stuff. To His and for His glory....He shows up when all Lazarus situations are buried.