What I Learned Yesterday by ACHUCKAllen
Tuesday was a long day and an interesting day. I learned three things that seem like a big deal, but they might have just been a blur in the midst of a hectic season. But just in case I actually learned a few things, I thought I’d share them with you.
My day started with my usual meditation and gratitude journal, but minus my usual outdoor walk. It was freezing yesterday morning. Then to a staff meeting, lunch meeting, funeral, recording session, phone calls, zero inboxes and then the highlight. I had the privilege of sharing the story of Christmas at our Path Project in Peachtree Village. If you’re not aware of the work we are doing in and with Path Project, we basically work in coordination with a few hundred families that have pretty high drop out rates to help their kids succeed wildly. These dropout rates can be as high as 75-80%. but Path Project, in this neighborhood, can all but eradicate that dropout problem.
Every single child in our Path Project will be the first in their family to receive a college education. My time with about 40 boys and girls in upper elementary grades was the very best part of my day and maybe my Christmas season. My friend, Anissa Lotti is leading an amazing ministry with these bright young leaders.
After that, I got some work done and then spoke at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home for their Christmas/Year End memorial service for folks that have lost loved ones. Talk about a swing of emotions! I had a deep and wonderful sense of honor to speak in both of these unique venues. And this is what I learned:
- When you have the joy of serving beside extraordinary men and women for the cause of Christ, relish every moment. It doesn’t happen often. I’ve never worked beside brighter or more passionate people in 30 years of ministry work…and I’ve worked with some great organizations and leaders. Take inventory of the folks in your life that make you a better person and be abundantly grateful for them.
- When you have the joy of giving your life and leadership to children that just need a small boost to believe that God is for them and that they really can become everything the Divine has in store for them, remember that but for the grace of God, they’d be pouring themselves into your life.
- You don’t have to look far to find people that are hurting. When you attempt to encourage folks that are in grief or pain, you are about the work of the Divine. It’s hard to really care for folks when you cannot empathize with them. I guess we all experience heartache and heartbreak. The real question is – Do we keep the emphasis on us or do we accept the ministry now assigned to serve others? I met a bunch of folks that are still grieving and found that I fit among them, having been there and got more than a t-shirt.
It is the most wonderful time of the year. Especially when you give yourself away.
Lord, please don’t ever let me forget yesterday!