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A Word from the Pastor

Cleaning Out

As I have been studying, reflecting and preparing for 2015 – I have also been cleaning out. I have a study at home and at church. I also have a small office adjacent to the Worship Center that I utilize on Sundays and Wednesdays as needed.

Over the course of 30 years or so in ministry, I have accumulated lots of things. I have thousands of books, notes, memorabilia, keepsakes, files and such. I have hundreds and hundreds of sermons, Bible Studies and devotional notes.

It has been interesting to go through my ministerial life and re-organize for the next leg of the journey here at FBC Arlington. I decided to prepare my working spaces to be most effective for my current ministry life. I can’t tell you how many times I have said, “Oh, so that’s where I put that.” Or – “I have been looking for this.” Or – “What is that? And why I am keeping it?”

Yeah – it’s been interesting.

It has also been a fresh reminder as well. I have been reminded of just how sweet churches have been to me and Cindy. We have been showered with love and affection during the years by God’s people. We are so blessed. I have found notes, cards and other meaningful tokens of appreciation that God’s people have shared with us through the years.

I also have been reminded of the value of the many mentors in my life through the years. I have looked through books and remembered that one of my mentors referred that book to me. Or, some books were written by them and sent to me. Or, some books were given to me by church members because I mentioned them in a conversation. And – if you know me, you know I love books. I love to read, research and learn.

I have been reminded of how much I love my family and friends. I have looked at old photos and reminisced of past experiences. I have relived moments with Cindy as we have laughed together about the fun we have had in life.

Oh yeah – almost forgot – and I have cleaned! Really, I have. I have given to Mission Arlington and I have just thrown so much away.

Gotta go now, though – I’m not done. A few more boxes to go.

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