I'm speaking this weekend at Seacoast, a privlege that always amazes and frightens me. And if this weekend goes like most when I speak someone will walk up to me and say one of the following things:
- "I love to hear you speak, you're my favorite speaker"
- "You have gotten so much better over the past [month, year, decade]"
- "Hey Greg"
The first two used to really mess with my head (The third response is just funny. Greg is older, shorter, and balder than me. Hopefully he doesn't read my blog anymore) Over the years I've figured out somethings about being the occasionaly teaching pastor at a church like Seacoast. So here are some lessons to remember when you get the chance to dance on someone elses dance floor:
- Its not your platform. Someone else has literally invested blood, sweat and tears to build the church/business/school you are standing in. You are an invited guest and should always remember that.
- Guest starring is MUCH easier than repeat performances. I only have to come up with a sermon once in a great while; Greg has to bring it every week. If I can't come up with something decent on the rare occasions I'm up I should hang up my preachin' pants.
- When people can't think of something to say they default to nice. How often have you told someone they did a great job because you just didn't want to take the time and effort to break down the extent of their stinkiness? Many of the people who say "Great job" on the way out the door just want to get to Moe's before the Baptists.
- Its not a competition.
- The best complement anyone could ever give me is to say, "God used you today Dude. He was speaking so clearly I forgot it was you for awhile. Great job staying out of his way." I'm like the tire changer on Jeff Gordon's pit crew, if I don't slow God down, I've done my job.
I'd like to say that THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST WEEKEND EVER AT SEACOAST! I'd like to say that I'm gonna bring it like Roger Clemons!! But the reality is that I'm going to do my best to be faithful to the calling I have on my life, to rightly divide the word of truth and to decrease while he increases. While it may not be the greatest message by the best speaker in the finest church, God may very well show up. So DON'T MISS THIS WEEKEND!!!