Being a new church start pastor means lots and lots of times when I have to step outside my comfort zone and and stretch beyond who I am to meet the challenges of the work God is placing before me. This week it’s been learning how to use word press plug ins to create a website. 10 years ago I was a whizz at dreamweaver, but technology has changed and so now I have to change too.
As I began the website process my first step was to reach out to a friend who has way more knowledge in this area and ask for help. She came and spent an early afternoon with me for which I paid her in pad thai. After she left I was able to begin work in earnest with all the new insights she had offered to me. The next step was to trust myself to try. I made a lot of mistakes, but I learned something from each one, even if the lesson was don’t do that. And eventually after enough attempts I was successful. We’ll have a new website up here before too long.
It would be easy to just stick with what I know. And after 4 years to stick with what’s been working. God has other ideas. I am constantly taking on new projects and trying out new things. It is so tempting to stay with what’s easy, yet in my experience that never leads to experiencing the fullness of God. And so I stretch. I call in help and learn from others. I try and I fail. I learn along the way and apply those lessons to other area of ministry. And then I rest so that I can stretch and grow another day.