While it’s a great time to make resolutions, I’m not making any. I want more for this year than a list of resolutions that will go by the wayside within a few months or weeks or, even, days.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the NEW Year and NEW beginnings in life. Actually, I’m grateful for the NEW of this year.
There’s one big NEW thing . . . which I’ve waited to begin . . . for years and even decades.
A NEW church.
I’ve prayed for this church most of my life. I prayed it would begin years ago. The thing is . . . I did not see then . . . what I see now. The timing is perfect. Along the way, I’ve learned prayer changes everything, activating God-power. Even so, when things began to happen, I was surprised. There had not been any visible answer for so long that I eventually began to think it would be impossible. But. I don’t do the impossible well. Never have.
I think it’s the point of the Biblical definition of faith:
I want the kind of faith that is confident that no matter how it seems, God is at work. There have been times, even recently, when I did not have much confidence that this would happen because I did not see any evidence. It’s yet another lesson for me to have faith God is at work, even when I don’t see the evidence.
I admit that it’s much easier for me to have faith in the unseen evidence for someone else than in my own life. My perspective is so much different when I step back from what I think needs to happen now and trust God is at work with perfect timing.
It’s been amazing to see how God has been working in The Red Door leadership team’s individual lives, getting each one us ready to be a part of the launch in West Salem, Oregon on September 13, 2015. I look forward to hearing more stories as others join in on this God-work.
Our prayer is that The Red Door will last one hundred years or more. We want to leave an imprint the way Jesus said to do it– as salt and light, blessing the community with the kind of love that is filled with life, grace, and healing.
Actually, it’s an intentional decision to live like Jesus said to live and:
Leave an imprint on other’s lives by being salt and light.
I don’t think this is always a natural response, it’s a “with-God” response. One thing is for sure, I’ve seen good and great things happen when people purposefully live as salt and light wherever they are in the world. And. It’s one piece of The Red Door Community Church story.
The dream of a lifetime is actually happening! The Red Door Community Church. It’s exciting, risky, fun, amazing, and just a little crazy that now is the time. I’m grateful to be a part of the start of this NEW church in the NEW year!
We are hoping a ton of people will pray for The Red Door Community Church. Prayer, is the key to all of this happening. The Red Door Prayer & Information Email will be sent next week. If, you would like to receive it–you can fill out the following form:
For the many more New Years to come, I choose to have faith that The Red Door Community Church will impact the next generation tomorrow, even when the evidence can’t be seen.
My three joys–the next generation.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)