The day was extremely long as we drove from Lafayette to Bunkie back to Lake Charles. But it was a great day. It began with Family Life where we always are received with such love and enthusiasm then lunch with Pastors Todd & Frances. Then we visited with my sister & her husband and then on to Bunkie.
Dr. Don & his family with one of the special girls from Casa with them attended the meeting in Long Pine where again we were greeted with such love. It was a wonderful day and the hour & a half drive home seemed easy even for an old man.
Continuing with our theme of what made Paul useful to God we arrived at the fifth truth. Paul was considerate of others. I Corinthians 8:13, “Wherefore, if eating meat offends my brother I will not eat meat.” You will never be successful in ministry if you are inconsiderate of the beliefs and feelings of others.
Sixth, Paul was a person of humility. Ephesians 3:8, “Unto me, who am less than the least of all the saints.” If there is any characteristic of Christ that was more prevalent than humility and mercy I do not know it. He loved out of those two deep characteristics.
Seventh; Paul was disciplined. I Corinthians “I keep my body under subjection.” He used teaching points regarding soldiers, farmers and athletes. These are people who are disciplined. Obesity is destroying lives daily. Laziness is at an all time high. Dottie and I drive through neighborhoods and we NEVER see children playing outside.
Eighth, Paul was a positive thinker. Romans 8:31, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” We know from Proverbs 23:7 that a man is what he thinks. If you are frightened to go into any phase of ministry then you are seeing yourself in a different light then what God sees.