Tonight I find myself at Jennifer's dad's house...again. I've been sleeping here since we officially made Louisville home base a couple of weeks ago. I'm about to sign off for the night but wanted to make an entry before I do. It feels like months have passed since I preached my last sermon at Antioch and though I haven't had "office hours" the last three weeks, my life has been in fifth gear since I left. My schedule is packed and my list of things to do grows as we prepare for our June 9th wedding, sell two houses, plan to buy a third and oh, must I not forget, start a new ministry. I've been thankful to have some down time between ministries. It would have been suicidal to accomplish all the above while starting a new ministry immediately. I'm thankful we serve an "on time" God.
I have to admit, I'm a little nervous as I think about preaching my first of two "trial" sermons at Greenville tomorrow. The thought of be evaluated by the masses is enough to make anyone nervous. But I've prayed that God would help me keep my focus. I'm just doing what I've done for the last seven years...preaching the word of God. I don't want to get caught up in the whole idea that I'm trying out for a job.
Part of the reason I'm so nervous is that I changed my topic at the last minute this week. Friday morning I found out that one of their dearly loved members lost her battle with cancer and went to be with Jesus. I felt they needed a message that would speak to their hurts so I went to plan B on Friday afternoon. All that being said, I'm excited to share and I'm even more excited to get to get settled in at Greenville. I have to admit that the whole thing is a surreal experience.