Dear Windermere Friends,
As a young boy growing up in church, we sang from the hymnal. One of the favorites in my church was the Hymn – Trust and Obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
If I were to honest with you, there were days when I felt like – “Ok, I think I am doing my best. I mean I usually do this.” Then there were days when I felt like I was doomed because I was not trusting and obeying. Sometimes I felt like I was on an everlasting treadmill and I kept trying to keep up but I just could not. How about you? Have you ever felt that way?
As the leader of Windermere there are days when I feel like – “Ok, Windermere is doing pretty good. We usually are trusting and obeying.” Then we get a major breakdown, a disgruntled customer or even a loss in the number of donors. Ministry can be grueling. I get stuck on the “performance treadmill.” Sometimes I feel we are doomed.
One of the great story tellers, Brennon Manning tells a story about Arnold Palmer….
Arnold once played a series of exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia. The king was so impressed that he proposed to give Palmer a gift. Palmer, demurred; “It really isn’t necessary, Your Highness. I am honored to have been invited.” “It would greatly upset me, “replied the king, “If you would not allow me to give you a gift.” Palmer thought for a minute and said: “All right. How about a golf club? That would be a beautiful memento of the visit to your country.” The next day, delivered to Palmer’s hotel was the title to a golf club. Not a golf club like a putter or a driver. A golf club! Thousands of acres, trees, 18 holes, clubhouse and so forth…
God is a God of amazing grace. Our precious Lord loves us with an amazing tenderness and care. Whether it is in the ministry of Windermere or in our personal walk with Christ, He loves us.. When you get stuck on the performance treadmill remember this:
- God’s love is encouraging – Romans 8:31
- God’s love is passionate – Matthew 11:16-19
- God’s love is tender – John 8:7
- God’s love is extravagant – John 10:10
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John W. Bailey
Office 573-346-5200 Ext. 2611