Wow, I haven’t written a blog for awhile. I am sorry for that, and I’ll try to make-up. Patty drove me to the airport Thursday to go to Chicago where I was going to be speaking and preaching at two churches combined Men’s retreat. When I got out of the car I left my IPad on the dash so I didn’t have it for almost a week. Unlike many people, I can’t type for diddley on my phone so I just didn’t write one.
I don’t except many speaking engagements where I have to fly any more, flying aggravates my Parkinson’s, also I depend on my one hour each evening of riding my stationary bike to stay on top of my Parkinson’s and rarely do I have access to a bike when I travel and speak. Being around a lot of people that I don’t know wears me out emotionally, being the extreme introvert that I am, sleeping in a strange bed wears me out because I don’t sleep well, and I simply just don’t do well when I get out of my normal routine. All of that to say I usually say “no” to invitations to travel and speak any more.
But this was an invitation to speak to men which is my favorite audience. The pastor who called said that there seemed to be a revival, of sorts, happening in their church with the men, twice as many as normal signed up for the retreat. It was impossible for me to turn this opportunity down.
I spoke seven times in three days with each being an hour in length, and the Lord totally energized me, I felt great the whole time. The men were very responsive and spiritually hungry, and I felt very blessed by God to have Him give me this opportunity to influence this great group of men.
I pray every night thanking the Lord for the events of the day and the opportunities that He gave me that days to do something with my life that matters. Then I ask Him if He would give me some more opportunities the next day, and He keeps coming through. so far.
The main thing is you have to want to do something that matters, and look for the open doors that God supplies. God brings opportunities into everyone’s life, but most miss them because they are not looking for them. Most don’t look for them because they are so entangled in the affairs of everyday life that they have no time or energy left to do something that makes a huge difference in the lives of people.