Fellowship is precious and refreshing. Attending a recent meeting of state Baptist convention executive directors brought back the realization of how fortunate I am to have so many special friends.
When was the last time you took a moment to remember the people who have walked with you on your pilgrimage? None of us arrives alone. Along the way, we've been accompanied by many people who prayed, encouraged and stood beside us when the days were long and the night was darkest.
I recently listened to a podcast by an extremely successful young pastor who was sharing his pain for not honoring the men who had ministered before he arrived on the scene. The young man had moved to a new city to start a church. In just a few years the congregation where he served as pastor was being attended by thousands each week.
The young man explained that he felt God's hands were on his ministry. This attitude led to pride, which led this young pastor to make disparaging remarks toward the older pastors in his city.
One day he asked God to forgive his arrogance and un-Christ-like attitude. He realized many pastors he had bad-mouthed had for years labored intensely for God to minister to people of the city. After praying and fasting, the young pastor began calling these men to apologize for his behavior.
Before listening to the podcast, I had read a book written by the young pastor and could sense his arrogance because of his self-proclamations. After listening to the young man's testimony, I thought back over my life to recall if I had ever behaved similarly. Success has a way of intoxicating and dulling one's humility.
I was reminded of Solomon's words: "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall" in Proverbs 16:18.
God calls us to continually examine our lives and to confess all that is not of Him. Now is the time for those who may have caused another hurt to begin the reconciliation process. I know you will be refreshed, but most importantly, God will be glorified!