It is intersting to me to see people who are truly humble. It is not a goal of many people. But God has a way of humbling His people. I have always been a leader. I was a pharisee in high school. Growing up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was difficult. Now I love Bama football but T-town is a wild place. An adult magazine once ranked the top 10 party schools in the US but they said they couldn't rank Alabama because they were professionals. I saw that first hand. All my high school friends were party animals. It was hard to live as a follower of Christ. I coped by hanging out by myself for the most part. My dad pointed out to me that I was a snob. He told me to befriend the wild people at my school. Then my best friend in the world Tommy, got his girlfriend pregnant. Tommy was an awesome friend. He was active in our church and I loved him. But after he made his mistake, our church rejected him. Had it been someone else I probably would have done the same. But this was my friend. This was a humbling experience for me. The last 4 years have been humbling for me as well. We started a church with visions of greatness. It is not up to me to decide that. We did some great things and God blessed us in many ways. But in the end, it was humbling. I failed. That is life and I moved on. I moved to Mobile. This is a nice town but it is like going back in time 10 years from Atlanta. We loved Atlanta and miss the fast pace. I miss everything about it even the traffic. I saw it as lost people who needed Jesus. We had no idea what we were coming into here. I will not point fingers because I don't know what happened. My guess is the church got prideful in what it had accomplished. Our new pastor quoted from Deuteronomy 8:2 (New International Version) New International Version (NIV) "Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands." Maybe that is what happened to FBTC. Maybe that is what is happening to me. In my past everything I touched turned to gold. I led a woman to Christ on a dare once. I have been humbled. God may choose to humble me further. OK. I believe I have been tested. I have kept the faith. People ask me how I'm doing. It stinks sometimes, but my faith is stronger than ever. Is that humility? I don't know. But I'm grateful that God loves me enough to think that I can handle his testing.
posted by Kevin Bussey at 8/21/2005 11:51:00 PM