Happy Fourth Anniversary Substance!
Can you believe that it’s already been four years!?! God has really been doing amazing things.
In case you weren’t there this last Sunday, we bought everyone a $5 dollar Caribou Coffee Shop Card as a celebration gift! We love you guys! Thanks for making Substance such a stinking cool place to call home.
Believe it or not, we’ve had over 80 new people come to our newcomers luncheons at our house this month! (Our carpet is totally trashed!) But man, it is so much fun to hear all the stories of people whose lives are being transformed. I mean, I have never in my whole life heard as many radical testimonies! I can barely go into a coffee shop without having someone tell me of their 180! Church: we are living the dream.
People have been asking me: “When are we gonna add a third Sunday Service?” Frankly, I don’t know. In fact, believe it or not, I’m in no rush to do so. After all, this is a marathon, not a 100-yard dash. And God gave strict instructions about times like these: “even during the [busiest] seasons you must rest” (Exodus 34:21).
Like most people, life really picks up in the Fall – doesn’t it? I think that one of the hardest things for my wife and me has been trying to slow down in such an opportunistic season. We went to the youth ministry parent night last Wednesday. Then we had a last minute trustee meeting on Thursday to discuss all of our huge facility decisions. Then on Saturday, I led worship for the 40+ cookout. And then toss in a full Sunday with a newcomers luncheon and a 101 class… and I am wiped out!!!! I feel like a presidential candidate… (but unlike them, I promise not to make promises! : )
To make matters worse, my seminary classes at Bethel are in full swing! So if you’re talking to me and I start spacing out (while drooling), I hope you’ll understand. But, rest assured dear friends: my family and I have been relaxing together as well.
This last Friday I took my wife on a hot date! (Man, I love being married to Carolyn!)
She promised me that she would go on the new roller-coaster ride at the Mall of America. But when she saw it, she totally chickened out!!!! Can you believe that?
And, then on Saturday, we took all three kids to the Minnesota Arboretum down in Chaska. Wow! Now that is a gorgeous place. …It’s like a thousand acre landscape garden – with oriental gardens, hedge-mazes, and a endless flow of 17 year olds getting awkward senior pictures taken. And I realize that most people don’t get turned on by Arborvitae foliage, but man, If you have a family, you gotta go sometime.
But here’s the deal church: “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (Mt. 16:26). In other words, in the busyness of life, we need to tend to the fundamental things… our souls. And yes, I am concerned about three services. But I am far more concerned about my relationship with God, my wife, and my kids. And frankly, God has similar plans for you.
This has been a fantastic four years for Substance church. But let’s take care of our souls first so that, four years from now, we can still be around to enjoy it! Make sense? Stop and Smell the Roses !!!