I know I have told you this before…

I know I have told you this sort of thing before, but it seems appropriate to say it again as we head towards the beginning of another New Year:
I have been a Christian for 50 years and was called to be a minister in the Church of Scotland the very day I was converted: though the story of all of that began in eternity when God chose me in Christ before the foundation of the world. There are some things I miss of “the old days” of my spiritual walk from back then, some aspects of church as it was in the days I was newly converted, and some seasons of God moving gloriously by His Spirit in the years since then that I yearn might be repeated, but I don’t want to be lost in a sort of spiritual pining for what God has done in my past experience. Though there are things I miss from the past and even prefer to the way it is now in church life, I want to hear His voice for this day and be shaped with new longings for Him to lead m into His present and future purposes for me on the earth. I want to help others into their future in Christ too: that is a the job of a Shepherd, a Pastor, to be future looking and take the flock into fresh pastures. You can’t be a Pastor without being future orientated and speaking prophetically of the onward call of the Lord. “Lord, help me to be a prophet of the Lord my God, not a king of Nostalgia.”
“Give me dreams that shape tomorrow
Give me vision for today
‘Cause I’m tired of duplicating
All my old familiar ways
I’m not a captive of my past
But I believe I have a future
Make me a prophet of the Lord my God
Not a king of nostalgia…” (Dave Bilbrough)
God Bless,
Kenny

2 comments on “I know I have told you this before…

  1. John Bathgate says:

    Such a powerful confirmation of what I’ve been hearing more faintly in other ways recently. Message received! Thanks Kenny.

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  2. Jane McLean says:

    God bless you, and your family too Kenny ❤️
    Jane

    Sent from my iPhone

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