What exactly am I preparing for?

I sat here this morning before heading out to a deep elder’s meeting thinking about some points I want to get across. I’ve been thinking about it over the last couple of days and have made a list of things that I think are important to and in the life of our church. They are not concrete things that can be identified and taken care of like a hole in the roof. They are more philosophical with no clear starting point or path to complete. We have an agenda and some of my points kind of fit in a few categories but not perfectly.

Meeting is in 30 minutes and it occurred to me that God knows my heart and loves his church more than I do. It was at that point that I realized that maybe God has put these on my heart to brought up at the time in the discussion that he wants it brought up not in one big brain dump. As I hear the heart of the other men and we discuss other important issues it is possible that my ideas will fit nicely right in the middle of that.

Interesting enough, in my frustration I realized everything I am concerned about is in a stream that will move us to solidarity as an elder body and as a church. So I narrowed my goal to one word: solidarity. I will use all my bullet points as needed in an effort to move us in the direction of solidarity.

I feel much better about this meeting now.

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