Sunday, September 7, 2008

Saturday Nights

I've learned to embrace Saturday night for what it always is...a night of 5-6 hours of sleep. I never sleep well the day before preaching. Here are a few reasons why:
1) I've been entrusted with truth.
2) As a minister, preaching draws you into relationships with people. By loving them, you want God to break through into their lives in extraordinary ways. Through the power of God, the word of the Lord can create new possibilities and dreams for people.
3) There is a heavy responsibility I feel on my shoulders, and I hope that this responsibility never leaves me. Weekly, it reminds me of my place in this world.
4) I love preaching! It's that feeling before a big game, or that special vacation, or possibly even the night before Christmas. Throughout the week, a word from God has been building up within me and by Saturday night I am ready to deliver it.

Saturday nights aren't for sleep.
Now, as for Sunday nights...don't call me before 9:30 on Monday morning.


Chris Field said...

Thanks for your humility, I needed to read what you wrote this morning.

Sarah said...

I get that same feeling when I have to teach on Sunday mornings. Thanks for encouraging me to look at it as excitement of sharing his word. Have a blessed week.

Tammie's Thoughts said...

Great post and great sermon on Sunday!

Beverly Ross said...

I love your passion for teaching and preaching! I love that you see your lack of sleeping as a blessing and that you take care of yourself by catching up on Mondays!

Anonymous said...

Great start to the new series! I know we are all going to be blessed. KCox

Liz Moore said...

If more preachers felt about Saturdays the way you do, there would probably be a lot more great preaching out there! Thank you for allowing God to use you in such powerful ways! Looking forward to hearing you in November!