Happy New Year! Almost 7 years ago, my wife and I risked believing God wanted us to plant a new church in our city. Planting a new church was either going to prove a genuine step of faith (something God actually wanted us to do), or prove to be a step of genuine ego and presumption (something we really wanted to do for ourselves). When we made the decision to plant, this man from a mission agency who had met me only one time, sent me this quote from Sir Francis Drake. This quote has hung on the wall of my many workplaces over the years (we’ve had to move “offices” many times in 7 years) and my wife and I framed it for a dear friend who planted a new church out of our church plant this last year. This quote is actually a very dangerous prayer!
“Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we have sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly to venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery; where losing sight of land we shall find stars” – Sir Francis Drake
Don’t be the one who dreams too little, or arrives safely because you sailed to close to the shore in 2013. Let God’s Spirit agitate you, and inspire you in the coming year to “dare more boldly to venture on wider seas” where you won’t be avoiding storms, but actually experiencing them, and in the experience beholding the majesty of God’s mastery! Here’s to a “disturbed” 2013!