Standing at the Crossroads
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jer. 6:16)

                For those who know me well, know that Jeremiah 6:16 (above) is one of my favorite verses of Scripture.  I have often dreamed of a founding a church called “Crossroads” where this verse and the cross intersect to demonstrate to the world that this church is truly a place where people can find rest for their souls.  There is so much truth in these simple lines for individual life and the life of a people.  The ancient path is the path laid down by Prophets, Apostles, and Christ Himself.  Only there will we find rest for our souls.

                Today, for fourth or fifth time in my life, I find myself standing at the crossroads.  Let me take a moment to explain.  In 2007, I signed a three year contract with Cottage Investors of Canton to plan and develop Mill Creek Ranch Resort.  We have completed the resort and Mill Creek Ranch has won many awards at the local, state, and national levels.  But as 2009 draws to a close, so does the contract agreement that I entered into.  Now is the time to dust off my life plans off and return to the ancient pathways.  For only there will I truly find rest for my soul.

                A call to ministry is something we take all too lightly in our day and time – both those being called and the churches who acknowledge that call.  If a person truly experiences a call from God, we cannot – we must not – diminish it.  Once a student came to me and asked, “How do I know if what I feel is really a call from God?”  And my reply was, “If there is nothing else that will ever satisfy your soul except surrendering your life to Him, then ministry will not work.  If what you feel can be quenched by a mission trip, working a few hours a week in a soup kitchen, or singing in the church music program then it is not a call into full time ministry.”  I was much wiser then.  For three years ago, I thought I could put my ministry on hold while doing something really fun.  And building Mill Creek Ranch was really fun.  But during the whole process, God never let me rest.

                So to my friends and fellow Christians, I do not know what all this means, except that I am going to listen carefully to what God is calling me to do and be open to what I hear.  What that may be, I have not a clue.  But what I do know is that I am getting back on the ancient path, for my soul needs to be at rest again.

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