Good September Friends,
A couple of nights ago, Stephanie and I were sitting in our living room. She looks at me and says, “It has been 13 years since your accident.” My response was this: “Thirteen? Really?”.
When something dramatic and life-changing happens, like what happened to me, it is always stuck in the back of your mind. The reason for that is because the story becomes a part of your narrative. It becomes a part of your everyday life.
Would life be different for me if the accident never happened?
Would I have answered my call and still went into ministry?
Now I can remember when it happened, but I can’t remember the year. I have put the time and date away in the far storage of my brain. Maybe I don’t want to live into it. Maybe I don’t want to remember the sounds. Maybe I don’t want to remember the scenario. All I want to remember is that God was with me that day, which is all that matters.
One thing that I have noticed over those past thirteen years is that people are willing to be there for you in your greatest time of need. The second thing that I noticed is this: that people are NOT ready to be there for you if that need lasts longer than they expect. But I know someone who is there for you whenever you need Him.
I know that there are times when we put a lot of faith into friends and family. When this happens, the return is never known; in other words, maybe the reliability isn’t there. But once I fully started putting my life in a loving Christ, something happened: I became happier. I found joy in the little things.
This past week, I met with the District Superintendent. In the conversation we had, I told her this, “If I don’t find joy in it, I am not going to do it.” Once I started living into that concept of doing what brings me joy, I became much happier in life. I say this because I believe listening to what Jesus is putting in your heart will bring you joy.
So, this month, I challenge all of you to begin to listen to the joy that Jesus is putting in your hearts. Listen for the spirit moving you because the joy will be there amid it all.
Jesus wants us to be happy.
Jesus wants us to spread love.
Jesus wants us to be joyful in His gracious Kin-dom.
Blessings in the month ahead,
Pastor Greg Leslie