Better late than never, huh? I was away from my computer all day yesterday. I think I have caught up with all of the discussions in my recent posts. I appreciate all of you who have commented in these discussions, as well as the spirit in which you have presented your thoughts. It is indeed possible to have different viewpoints without being at each other’s throats. You guys are truly a blessing to me.
This week’s question is: Is there a significant moment/event in your life where negative circumstances produced positive results in you?
My first pastorate ended under very unpleasant and adverse circumstances. In all honesty, I had made some “rookie” mistakes and some people did not respond in a very positive way. Betrayal of trust and broken friendships were very painful to deal with at that time. God used these circumstances though, to teach me a lot of things about Himself and about me. I was able to confront some areas of my ministry and leadership style that were horribly out of line with what God wanted for me, and it moved me to a place where I was ready to learn so much more than I would have been willing to do a short time before.
I hope you have a very blessed weekend. I am planning to go see Coach Bobby Bowden teach his son a thing or two tonight as Florida State plays Clemson.