It is hard to believe today marks exactly three months since I started working for Texas Baptists.
As I reflect on this first quarter at the Christian Life Commission, I cannot help but be grateful for this season of learning and connecting.
This summer has been a whirlwind of conferences across the state, meetings with ministries and associations, and planning for upcoming events and materials. My new role proves itself to be dynamic, exhilarating, and forever stretching -- for which I am exceedingly grateful!
Stepping back from the many moving parts, I am keenly aware of God at work in Texas. With each visit, meeting, or even spreadsheet review, I feel as if my eyes are being opened to another piece of the puzzle.
Every student at a conference booth – every associational leader – every Hunger Offering application reveals a glimpse of God's heart for this state (and world), as well as His method of reaching it – the church.
I feel giddy remembering my visit earlier in the summer at South Side City Church in Fort Worth. The church began when a group of believers heeded the call to love and serve individuals struggling with AIDS in an urban neighborhood. By the grace of God, this small outreach has transformed into a thriving community with numerous ministries, including multiple halfway houses for adults in recovery from addiction and homelessness. Embedded in the community, the church is seen as a place of safety, restoration, and hope.
Stories like this ignite my heart with the reality of the gospel and the fact that God is actively moving. Amidst the news, pain, and real systemic challenges, God is meeting communities and individuals in ways that are diverse and tailored to context, yet coordinated by One Spirit.
This past season has been marked by growth and learning, but I know this is just the beginning. The first verse of this timeless hymn comes to mind when thinking of the coming months and years.
"Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light."
As my vision slowly refines, I feel blessed to be at the table and have the joyous opportunity to join the work He is already doing across this state.