I love “In the Garden” , the lyrics remind me that Christ is always with me. Remember the joke that is a parody of that same hymn;? “Andy walks with me, Andy talks to me…” said the little Sunday School boy whose best friend was “Andy”.
I have a confession. Andy talks to me too; my friend, Pastor Andy Stanley. Oh, well, I don’t actually know Andy Stanley personally, but when he talks to me through pod casts, I find that he’s like that best friend who will tell you the real truth, even though you don’t want to hear it. That friend that cares for you so much, they push harder to make you a better person.
Recently, in a series Andy presented about the difficulties we have making good decisions, I remember that Preacher Point #3 was to pay attention to the tension. That’s not just a cute rhyming sentence. He said to especially pay attention to the relational tension. For me, this means to quit dodging the “truth” by discounting the words that come from the “tension bearer”. As I am often fond of saying “Don’t shoot the messenger”, but on a larger scale.
To Andy’s point: If any decision causes even a nano-moment’s hesitation or tension; pause and rethink the decision. DO NOT pacify your conscious by telling yourself “it’s not that big a deal” or “I deserve this”. Pause and ask yourself WWJD. Cliche? Yep. Helpful? You bet.
Blessed with the gift of gab and hospitality, Bev served as a staff member for a fast-growing church for almost a decade. Discovering her talent for helping people step out of their comfort zone, she began recruiting volunteers to serve in Children’s Ministry. As the church grew, her focus became the influx of visitors and the need to make sure they didn’t get lost in the growth. For this, she developed a full team of trained volunteers to create the “WOW, from the Street to the Seat”. Her success with this program lead to speaking engagements at churches across North Georgia, prompting a string of WOW experiences! Now, as Marketing Manager for Displayit at Church, she loves sharing her tips, tricks and ideas, that can make a real difference. “We’re all on the same team, the Jesus team. Let’s work together for the greater good!”