How Time Flies!

As I write this I am waiting in Alabama for my daughter to give birth to our first grandchild.  Today we begin our fifth year in Payson.  I think back to the beginning and it seems like only yesterday we were moving to Payson.  I remember the first lesson presented.  I called it “Back to the Future.”  This work at Payson has been both awesome and difficult.  When all is said and done the opportunities that lie before us outnumber the problems many times over.

As one looks over the congregation the number of those who have arrived since we moved to Payson is about equal to the number of those who were here originally.  To those who have died, moved, or just left for various reasons;  we miss you.  To those who are new here, we look forward with great anticipation to the future with each of you.

So much has changed and yet there is so much left to do.  A few years ago there was a commercial about an automobile.  In the commercial it was stated, “This isn’t your father’s Oldsmobile.”  In so many ways this could be said about the church in Payson.

I am  proud of the road we have traveled to this point and look forward to the miles that still lie before us. This church isn’t my church.  It doesn’t belong to any individual.  The body of Christ in Payson doesn’t belong to the elders.  This church belongs to Christ!  It is so much bigger than any of us!

Even if it isn’t realized every church has a direction it will travel.  For many churches the direction is one of stagnation, for others it is a direction looking inward.  My hope for Payson is that her direction will be one of reaching out to this community.  My hope is that she will be a church that turns this city upside down!  May our approach put Christ in the center with everything else revolving around him.

To those of you who have been here for the entirety of my ministry at Payson:

  • Thanks for willingness to grow in the Lord.  To grow spiritually requires that we be willing to change at times.  I appreciate your willingness to make the necessary changes as you have matured in Christ.
  • Thanks for your support.  One thing a preacher always needs is the support of his Spiritual family.  Thanks for standing by when we needed you.
  • Thanks for your support of the Lord’s cause.  It is easy to let personal desires get in the way of service to the Lord.  Thanks for your willingness to stand for the things of the Lord rather than personal values.
  • Thanks for your support of leadership.  Scripture teaches we owe allegiance to the elders the Holy Spirit designated in this work.  Thank you for your willingness to follow their leadership.  These are God’s men!  Pray for them, the decisions they make are not always popular but they remain those God has appointed over us.  To oppose them is to oppose God!
  • You remain the backbone of this work.  Thanks for all you continue to do!

To those who like me have come to the work at Payson in the last few years:

  • Thank you for your decision to be part of our family in Payson.  Your decision to be part of the church in Payson was one of the most important decisions you have ever made.  May it continue to mold your life in the years to come.
  • Thank you for your support and love.  There is something about the relationship between a preacher and his son or daughter in the faith that can’t be explained.  Paul had a special relationship with Timothy due to the fact he had brought him to Christ.  In so many ways I enjoy this same feeling toward you.  I look forward with anticipation to the future we undoubtedly will enjoy together.
  • Thank you for your willingness to grow and learn as we walk together in the Lord.  May you always display an attitude that is willing to walk with the Lord.  You will become the core that provides the necessary strength to do the Lord’s work in this place.

To those who aren’t part of the church in Payson but share in our good times through the reading of this blog:

  • Thank you for your interest in the Lord’s work.  May your  interest always be seeing the Lord’s work done.
  • Please keep us in your prayers.  The battle at Payson, like the battle where you reside, is real.  It is a struggle about control.  Will we follow God or our individual direction?  Don’t forget to pray.
  • Remember the reunion.  One day there won’t be a family in Payson and one in Alabama, Washington, or Maine.  One day we will all be together.  Praise God for that day!!

5 Responses to How Time Flies!

  1. carol says:

    I ampraying for Karla and her baby as well as you. I am excited for you.

  2. Thanks, we always need prayer!

  3. Don Morrison says:

    Congratulations all the way around. May God walk beside your grandchild and the Payson church. I am grateful he has provided you for both of their benefit.

  4. Judy says:

    We moved here on Memorial Day, just a few months before you got here. I remember we had two other preachers “try out” and the vote was unanimous for you (even though you talk funny.) Ha ha, just kidding. We love you Del.

  5. Jan says:

    Congratulations to you and Robbi. Karla and baby boy (Drennon?) are in my prayers. Your service in Payson has been a blessing to many, may it continue to grow. God bless you and Robbi–you’ll always be dear friends.
    Much love, Jan

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