I have a much longer list of favorite things but it would probably bore you to tell you all of them, so allow me share with you three of my most recent experiences of my favorite things - experiences that come from the hand of God.
- Thing 1 - One of my children pulls me aside and shares with me, "Dad I really want to grow closer to God and I know I need a partner. Will you be my partner in reading the bible, and growing closer to God?" Hearing how God is pulling my kids towards Himself and inviting them to be His friend is music to my ears!
- Thing 2 - My daughter has brought over to our house all of the women staff counselor's who have just finished their week being trained to love, and then lead campers to know about abundant life through Jesus Christ. I'm not in the room, but through the wall I hear the angel-like voices of 35 young women lifting their voices in praise to their God. Not very many choirs sound as good as that sound in my own home!
- Thing 3 - My friend, and ministry co-worker, Tarah Brown preached at our church yesterday morning. You see Tarah has served at our church so capably as our kids ministry pastor, and just recently became our pastor of Family life to add youth ministry to her plate. But Tarah also accepted God's invitation to learn how to preach to adults. Over the last few months she's entered into the hard work of learning how communicate God's word to adults, and yesterday morning I heard her do a fantastic job communicating the reality of God's presence in our lives, even when it doesn't feel like He's present. One of my favorite things in ministry is when I can invest in eager people, and then disappear to watch them succeed!
What are your most recent experiences of your favorite things?