I don’t know, maybe it was because I had the stomach bug this weekend, but I just didn’t have it this Sunday morning when I preached. I felt drained, tired and had no energy. When I finished preaching, I had no doubt I had simply wasted 25 minutes of everyone’s time.
When I got home, still frustrated from the morning, I sat down and checked my messages. I had a new Facebook message from a lady who’d been at church that morning. She basically told me how much that lesson had touched her and that something I had said had really helped her open some doors to some things that she was struggling with. Right then, I was reminded once again, it’s not about me and my lesson … it’s about God and what He does with it. You never know what God’s doing to someone’s heart.
When it comes to presenting God’s word, I’m guilty of putting too much emphasis on myself. Yes, I have to study, present a good message, make it applicable, BUT God’s word is the one with the power (Romans 1:16), not me. Three things I’d like to do from here on out …
- Not allow myself to get in the way of God and His word.
- Not give myself too much blame when I don’t think things went well.
- Not give myself too much credit when things do go well.
I guess everyone has a bad day. Fortunately, I find comfort in knowing that the batter that struck out four times, the quarterback that threw 3 interceptions and the basketball player that couldn’t make a shot, will all get a chance to make up for it the next time they play. So thankfully, next Sunday’s coming!