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I don’t know about you, but for me this year has been fast and furious.
 
On January 2 my mother-in-law went home to be with the Lord. I had the privilege of conducting her funeral service on January 11. I’ve attended a meeting of the state Baptist convention executive directors from the Western states, and the California Southern Baptist Convention Executive Board met in late January. 
 
I could look at all the trouble in the world, and my busy schedule, and be discouraged. I could be like the children of Israel in Exodus 14 when they found themselves between Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea with seemingly no place to go. Their predicament was the only thing they could think about. They failed to take into consideration God’s blessings that had brought them to that place.
 
They failed to consider God’s promise to give them a land, His promise to bless all nations through them, the plagues sent on the Egyptians causing their release, the riches given to them by the Egyptians as they left, the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night to lead and protect them on their march, and Moses, the man God selected to lead them to the Promised Land.
 
Most of you know that I live life as an optimist. I attempt to always look at situations and people with an expectation that God will work His will through them in a positive way. But I find too many who look at life and situations as a half-empty glass instead of one that is half full.
 
With the rush of this year so far, I could be discouraged, but I’m not. Why? Because I choose to look at God’s Word, His promises and His blessings.
 
Even though my mother-in-law died, I still have the memories of her life and how I’ve been blessed through her legacy. I’m blessed by other executives with whom I met recently who encourage me. 
 
I’m also blessed by a convention of churches with a strong, 75-year history, a unified convention that has not been divided by political or theological issues; pastors, staff members and laymen who want to see Californians and others come to Christ; a staff that works tirelessly to help churches reach their communities; an Executive Board that supports the mission and ministry of California Southern Baptists; a foundation working to secure a legacy for CSBC ministries for years to come; a university that educates leaders for tomorrow and is committed to the Great Commission; and a family who loves and supports me in my ministry
I’m blessed! And your convention is blessed also.
 
In 2015, CSBC started 95 new congregations — 10 African-American, 49 Anglo/multi-ethnic and 36 language.
 
Your state convention also is an evangelism leader in the SBC. The latest Annual Church Profile statistics reveal CSBC ranked in the top 10 of state Baptist conventions for the number of baptisms.  
 
CSBC is truly blessed. How are you blessed?
 
I’m reminded of the song, “Count your Blessings.” It admonishes the singer to not only count their blessings, but to name them one by one. I encourage you to stop and count your blessings to see what God has done.
 
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Last Published: February 9, 2016 12:38 AM