Thoughts About Travel and Family

Well, I’ve been in Mexico since Monday and we have definitely had a wonderful time. It has been absolutely incredible, but I am ready to see my family! I miss my wife and kids big time! I don’t travel a lot because I don’t like to be away from home very much.

For one reason, I really feel like I need to put a stake down in Millington and let everyone know that’s where I am and that’s where I want to be. But also, I need to avoid the temptation to go here, there and everywhere while my family stays home. I’m trying to be more strategic about my travel and I’m learning you just can’t do everything; even everything you WANT to do!!!

This is definitely a trip I want to do and will continue to do. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to bring Stephanie with me. This will be on my strategic list of destinations and mission trips. It’s been an amazing trip and I believe very fruitful for the Kingdom of God.

So, I’m ready to see my family. I miss them a ton right now and can’t wait to spend time with them. See you soon!!!

Hola from Mexico!

This week I am in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with my good friend, Jeff Crook, and my new friend, Jason Nave. I am having an incredible time here training pastors from all over Mexico.

My time here this week has absolutely reinforced my love for pastors. It’s true, I absolutely love the church and I love those whom God has called to lead His church.

Also, for some reason unknown to me, I have a great affinity for Central America, especially Mexico. It seems that God has given me a special burden for this place and its people. It has also reaffirmed my personal goal of speaking fluent Spanish sometime in the near future. I have spoken about this often but never really acted on it. Now, I’m serious; I would love to be able to speak to others about Christ in their own heart language.

The best part about this trip is not the Pacific Ocean (actually, I’m not much of a beach bum), not my friends who traveled with me, not the pastors or their spouses or this beautiful place. The best part of all of this is that it is all for the glory of God, the advance of the gospel and the building of His Kingdom! There is nothing else I would rather be doing.

Gone and Back

I was in Lynchburg, VA last week at the innovatechurch conference. It was an awesome time. Rick Warren did an amazing job the first night. It was the first time I have heard him in person and I could sense his passion for the church; very encouraging. Got to hear Church Colson, Tom Mullins, Jim Cymbala and Ed Stetzer as well.

Man, I have always wanted to meet Jim Cymbala and I had the chance to do that this week. His ministry and writings have influenced me greatly in just a few short years. It’s amazing to see what God is doing through him at the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York City.

It was fun hanging out with Ed again; I forgot how funny he can be! I followed him around a bit on Tuesday and got to spend some time with Jonathan Falwell also. I was really impressed with him, God is doing some great things through him at Thomas Road.

All in all, it was a great trip. But, I’m VERY glad to be back with my family. I missed them way too much when I’m gone. I think I’m figuring out that I could never be a traveling evangelist or a preacher that travels a ton. I just miss my wife and kids way too much!