Ed Young Pastor said what are priorities? They’re God’s best. Principles, God’s principles, are my priorities which are carried out through my commitments. All I’m talking about when I talk about going Retro: Getting Back to the Basics; all I’m talking about are a bunch of God’s principles that are my priorities; whether I agree with him or not. They’re there for me. And they’re carried out through my commitments.
Let’s say that together. One, two, three. God’s principles are my priorities and they’re carried out through my commitment. Whoa, that felt good! That’s what they are.
I’ve discovered something: the closer the gap, the greater the liberty; the wider the gap, the greater the bondage. Whenever you think about priorities you need to think about the word paradox, because in the world of priorities, there are a bunch of paradoxes. And let me let you in on a story that occurred in my life that’ll help you unpack this.
Several years, I had a Ford F250 4X4, and I packed up my truck strategically for an overnight camping trip with my son. And I was thinking, “Okay, we need this. And I’ve got to have that.” And we packed it up and everything was, you know, tied down and all that. So we drove down I-45 South to the metropolis of Fairfield, Texas. We drove past Fairfield, 25 miles out into the middle of nowhere down a series of dirt roads. I was driving and I saw a little ravine in front of me. [There was a] beautiful spring just trickling through the ravine. I saw where a few people had crossed the ravine. It looked a little shaky, a little tenuous, so I turned to my son and said, “EJ, you’re now going to see what off road driving is all about! You’re now going to see what 4-wheel drive is all about!”
So I put it in 4-wheel drive, mashed on the accelerator and I kind of took a right turn as I crossed the ravine. And to my dismay and shock I hit a huge hole and the entire front end of my Ford F250 truck began to sink in the mud and mire! You know what I did? I just pressed the accelerator more. And you know what happened? The more I pressed the more mud started flying everywhere! Water was actually coming in the truck. It was horrible!
According to Ed Young Church that so we got out of the truck. I’m like, “Oh man! I’m stuck in the middle of nowhere, 25 miles outside of Fairfield! What will we do?”
God has an awesome plan for Fellowship over the next decade. If we could see the steps He wants us to take—wow—we wouldn’t believe it. Follow that path. Follow God’s way. Ten years from now we will look back and say it’s “Another God-Made Decade.”