I don't know when this will post, since where I am right now I have no internet access. But right now, I'm in Florida. Zellwood, Florida. You've probably eaten carrots from here. They're good carrots.
Anyway, I'm on my way to the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Florida, and it's been a day on the road. I left home in Monticello, Arkansas, at 5:30. We got here at midnight. Thursday we'll do it all over again. This is not something that qualifies as fun, but it's what I'm doing this week. Why?
Well, it's not because the SBC is the world's most exciting 2 day business meeting. It's not because I'm about to crash on the sofa at my grandfather's house and I was just dying to see him. It's not because I thought it would be a good time for my kids to practice life without daddy around.
Neither is it because I have marvelous contributions to make to the SBC. It's not because I have a sense of duty that, as a Southern Baptist pastor, I must attend the Convention. In all honesty, the biggest impact I'll make this week is to hopefully bring some levity to the Credentials Committee which I'm serving on.
So why am I here? Simple. People that trust me asked me to be here. It's not about the business or the process, the fame or the glory. It's about the relationships. It's about the people that have developed a relationship with me and I with them.
The result of which is that I will spend 17 hours on the road, sleep in borrowed rooms, and miss my wife for 6 days. This is the power of relationships on most people. There are times that people will go extraordinarily out of their way for a process or a cause, but most often, it's for people that people do amazing things. Usually, it's not the cause, but the people. It's not the fortune and glory, it's the people.
Are you building relationships that make you want to go out of your way for the things others care about? Do our churches do this? Do I?
Think about the power of relationship. Consider the need to change the world. Put the two together, and then actually do something!
It will be amazing.