Today six Pastors joined me for lunch at JBC. They had to drive aways to get here. One was from Seattle, another from Tacoma, a third from Vancouver, Washinton, and another from Astoria, then one from the Eugene area. We all are in an accountability group together, and each one of us turns in a report via the internet to everyone else every week on how we are doing on our goals and disciplines. We get together for a three-hour lunch a couple of times each year.
Over the years, we have become close friends, and because of that, today was delightful. We have prayed for each other’s ministries, the problems we have had in our church’s, and our own lives. We have given counsel to each other in regards to struggles in our churches and ministries, and we have encouraged each other when anyone got discouraged because of COVID or any other problems. The friendship that we have I think is similar to what soldiers experience with other soldiers in battle. Ministry is a spiritual war that is very real and incredibly exhausting. When you realize that a significant reason for your winning the war is because of what you received from your friends, it makes the relationship much more special.
I have been blessed in my life with an awesome family, an incredible ministry, and very good friends. My life is like a life inside of a life. There is the politics, the COVID, the bills, the problems, the crisis, the rain, ice storms, and forest fires. But inside of that world is my own special heaven on earth. A place of unity, of love and acceptance, a place of great joy and refreshment. My good friends, my special family, and the ministry that God has blessed me with make living life a guaranteed victory, hard but easy.