Posted by Pastor Mark

Here are some of the thoughts that I had and wrote down while flying home…..
This past week has been amazing. Ana and I are currently flying home from Indianapolis as I write this. I have so many things to be thankful for and I want to make sure that I publicly give God the praise that he deserves.
Last Wednesday evening I left my 2 kids with Ana’s parents and we flew out to Indy for the EMC General conference. We didn’t really know what to expect and it was really hard to think about leaving the kids for 5 days. Plus for those of you that really know me, you know how hard it is for me to be away from my parents. But I manned up and didn’t even cry this time!
Over the 5 days I was able to spend some quality time with the most beautiful Pastors wife at the conference, meet and fellowship with some really great people from our denomination, hang out with Max and Judy, eat at some really great restaurants with Ana’s parents who flew half way across the country to support me.
Towards the end of all that came the big orientation moment. In general I try my best to not be emotional about stuff. I try not to get too sad when bad stuff happens or too overly excited about the good stuff. For the most part this has served me pretty well. But just this once I will let my guard down and share…..
Really the only thing I new to expect about the Ordination service was that I had to do 2 things I really don’t like to do all that much, wear a robe and stand in the front of a bunch of people. I did step on the robe walking up onto the stage and almost trip and fall which would have officially been both horrifying and probably hilarious at the same time. But as I stood in the front and promised to give my entire life to serving God and lovingly lead his people I couldn’t help but feel a variety of different emotions. I think I felt loved, I felt challenged, I felt excited, and motivated all in one 3 minute span.
But now it is officially all over and me and my beautiful wife are heading home.
Now what?
We can either head back home and grab the kids and just go back to our normal lives, or we can sell out for Jesus and by doing so encourage others to do the same!!!!

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