What a start to a new year! If you're like me, you've been glued to the TV screen watching the unfolding drama of a relentless, surging tide of floodwaters pitted against fragile lives and property. I've listened in growing frustration as reporters pose superficial 'What was it like?' and 'How did you feel?' type questions. But occasionally, a reporter will ask the right question, a question that slips beneath the stoic acceptance of the overwhelming tragedy these flood victims are experiencing. And then the voice falters and the eyes brim with tears and we hear the real story- the real heartache- the real accounts of human endurance and often, real heroism.
The challenge is that asking the right question isn't always easy or apparent. Asking the right questions requires analysis and a determination to get to the truth that's beneath the surface.
The beginning of a new year is an ideal time for all of us to stop, look up, ask the right questions and get our bearings. It's so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we are and where we should be going. Consider these questions:
What's the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
What's the most humanly impossible thing you will ask of God this year?
What's the most helpful way you can strengthen your church?
What's the most important way you will, by God's grace, try to make this year different from last year?
In two weeks' time, (January 30) we will be presenting a special series on building strong families. Please plan to be a part of this special event.
Church planting and growth has been a focus for most of my ministry. I frequently lecture and speak on church planting and have been actively involved in many church plants. Under God's hand and direction, my wife, Kaye, and I planted the