On Monday morning while I was driving from one appointment to another, I had a fellow church-planter friend give me a call. It'd been a while since we'd caught up, and we quickly discovered that so much had happened with both our congregations.
We celebrated the work that God is doing in our cities, and then she said something that made me think of our current sermon series. She shared with me that as her church continues to grow, she continually reminds her members to drive and pray.
I've been driving and praying since I was appointed to the communities of Sachse and Wylie in 2011. As I’m traveling from one location to another, I drive… and I pray. I pray for ways that Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church can make a difference in the lives of those around us. I pray for the families in the houses I drive by. When I go into a local business I say a prayer for those who are working there and for the customers. It helps me to see God at work around me.
Our community is growing. That is evident when you see more rooftops and businesses open up. In just a few short years, the communities of Sachse and Wylie will experience tremendous growth. As our community grows, we must ask a question: How can we continue to connect this community with the love and grace of Jesus Christ?
One answer is to drive…and pray. As you make your commute to work, drive to the store, take the kids to their activities, go see a movie or simply go about your daily life… pray. Pray for the families who live in the houses you pass by. Pray for the businesses you walk into. Pray that God will use our church in a way that will connect more people to Him.
I'm amazed to see how much we have grown in just one year, and I’m excited to see what growth will come in the months and years to come. I know that God will continue to use each and every one of you to be a blessing to those around you. Let's continue to drive and pray… and to share Christ's love wherever we go.