Had the chance to catch up with Casey Graham of The Change Group today. More to come on Casey and what he is doing for churches in a few weeks – really cool stuff. Anyway, we were talking about life, our experiences, and our background. Then, he asked:

Do you know Steve Echols? I came to know Christ when he was pastor at a church in Alabama.

Do I know him? I trusted Christ when he was pastoring a church in Baton Rouge! Then, he was my faculty mentor for my doctoral work. He’s been a friend of our family for years!

Later, several thoughts hit me for those in ministry.

  • God honors your faithfulness. It the principle of sowing and reaping. Keep sowing and you will see God’s harvest.
  • You will never know your impact this side of eternity. Your life has made a difference to people. You are “Steve Echols” to scores of people and you do not even know it.
  • Stay faithful. It’s easier for God to use a clean vessel. Stay committed to your family and your walk with Him.
  • Share your story…often. Tell others in ministry your God-story. It’s awesome to hear how each person I talk to came to know Christ.
  • Struggle through the tough times. When you doubt your impact for Christ, struggle through and realize that God is in control. He knows where you are. He knows what you are walking through. He knows who the messages are impacting. I love what Paul said:

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 1 Corinthians 3:6-8, NIV

You have a purpose. Fulfill it. Live it. Accomplish it. You will receive a reward for your work!

What’s your story God-story? Take as much room as you like – I’d love to read it.

  1. Nathan on Tuesday 1, 2009

    i’ve had the opportunity to serve at FPC in the middle school ministry for several years, I have watched those I taught and lead go off to college, make tough decisions about their life, essential grow up into men out on their own. But the greatest has been seeing those I lead coming back and serving at the church. Some are playing in the band during the weekend services, others have come back and become small group leaders in middle school! Now I am serving along side of them, how amazing! It is so awesome to see them serving God. I totally agree that we don’t get to experience how much of an impact we truly have made, that’s why I cherish what I have been able to see.

  2. Casey Graham on Tuesday 1, 2009

    Bro, it is amazing the influence steve has had in our lives! I was honored to chat with you! Love the blog now!


  3. Lee Easley on Tuesday 1, 2009

    My God story- Like Nathan, I have also had the opportunity to serve in MSM. Nathan (who posted above) has been my “coach” for prob 3 yrs now for small groups. But i remember a kid who was in my small group at “Camp Paradise” 4 years ago…He accepted Christ while he was there and i had the opportunity to guide him in his relationship…when he returned his family saw such a difference in his life that they started coming to FPC…soon his mom, step dad, little brother, and step sister (his step sister was from a different state) had accepted Christ and all came to me to help them get there (very humbling)! They are all still active and growing in the church.

    Sometimes I wonder how many of those stories there really are that we don’t get to see…

  4. Josh on Tuesday 1, 2009

    @Lee – Good point. That is going to make Heaven even cooler as we see the whole picture!


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