Should-a, Would-a, Could-a
If you weren’t on last week’s lead pastor call, you missed hearing a faith-building, praise-inspiring celebration of God working through His church. There were so many incredible stories of people coming to Jesus, being baptized, delivered, redeemed, restored and healed that it was hard to stop the testimony time! If you missed it, you missed something.
That’s unfair, though, because that meeting was specifically for lead pastors, which meant most of our Northwest district pastors and leaders weren’t a part of that time. I wish we could have shared that time with all of you, which is why this newsletter is titled “Should-a, Could-a, Would-a.”
There are things I regret in my life and work almost every day. However, through many years of life and ministry, I have learned that spending too much time looking in the rearview mirror will deeply distract you from moving forward.
Thinking, “I ‘should-a’ said something just a little bit differently in the sermon I just preached,” or “I ‘could-a’ thought of that thing I just thought about when I was having that conversation with that key leader after church,” or “I wish I ‘would-a’ taken advantage of the opportunity that I was given to ask my church to step deeper into the vision we have for the future” are all things we may regret.
We need to remember that those regrets do not affect who God is and how He works. We are promised that the Word will not return void (Isa. 55:11). We preach Jesus, we live Jesus, we lift up the name of Jesus—and it is His responsibility to take it from there. (Spoiler alert: He is really good at being God!)
What are the things in your rearview mirror that are distracting you this week?
Right now, pray a simple prayer to “seal off” what has happened in the past, and begin to pray about what He wants to do next. Let go of “should-a,” “could-a” and “would-a,” and turn your eyes to the road ahead.
God has great things ahead for all of us!