Today started off with chest pains at 3:30am – which is normal for someone with a aneurysm on their ascending aorta. Not getting back to sleep I prayed, worked on updating the design of my speaking website and then grabbed a shower. No breakfast as I had to fast for the meds tests at 7am. From there is was off to breakfast in Tampa with my good friend Paul Wirth, who pastors Relevant Church. I cannot stress enough how important it is for pastors to have pastor friends! Paul has been a great friend for many years now and I always look forward to hanging out with him. Hit Ikea to buy some picture frames and then headed back to Lakeland for a meeting about our video production team for HomelessChurch.tv. Before the day was out I had meetings with our student ministry leaders, our mission trip host organization (via Skype) and a local artist about painting our entire building in a mural. I also spent an hour in the hood just hanging out with some of my homeless friends and threw the football with some our teens after their Bible study.
The highlight of the day for me though, was spending time mentoring Mark. Mark is a guy that used to be homeless – was sleeping in the field by our building the very first night we moved in. He has since developed into a good Bible study leader and is on his way to becoming one of our pastors. He is no longer homeless, oversees our facilities and recently asked the woman of his dreams to marry him. It’s been a blast watching God work in Mark’s life. Basically wherever I go Mark goes – walking together, discipling, iron sharpening iron. I enjoy our talks and yesterday was no exception. We discussed accountability and how easy it is for a pastor to lose their integrity.
It’s around 9:30pm and I’m just getting home. Not a typical day for me – and not one my doctor would approve of. But it was a very fulfilling day and I got to spend much quality time with people. Also got to push our vision ahead a little. Heading to bed whipped, but knowing that God moved today. That is a great feeling!