Tuesday Mind Dump (1/19/21)

Luke Simmons / January 19, 2021

• Man, I’m sore today.

• Been back in the gym after a few weeks off from being sick.

• Amazing how it doesn’t take much to make you sore, even after a relatively short break.

• Really glad to be feeling better, and feeling a new level of empathy for those who are sick with COVID.

• It was really fun to be back preaching on Sunday, especially getting to preach the passage that Jesus used to bring me to him (watch here).

• It’s always a little strange being here on Winter Camp weekend, since so many kids, staff, and mentors are gone.

• Plus, having been at camps before, I always wish I could be there.

• But somebody has to stay back!

• And with my kids being at camp, I think it’s kind of nice that they get a break from me.

• This was the first year that we had two kids at camp — one at Jr. High and one at High School.

• (By the way, I also have a kid in elementary and another in pre-school, so we’ll have folks at camp for a LOOOOOONG time)

• Seems like my girls had a great experience, and it was fun to hear them share about it.

• I’m so thankful for all the adults to give so generously to invest in my girls and all the students — it’s beautiful.

• Definitely made for a quieter weekend at our house.

• Hank and Mary started soccer, so we got out there Saturday for that, but otherwise not a lot going on.

• I’ve been heavy-hearted and prayerful over the leadership transition happening at R/Gilbert.

• For the last few years, they’ve had three co-lead pastors (Tim Maughan, Paul Artino, and Tyler Johnson)

• They’re now moving to one — Paul Artino — which I think is a good move because of the clarity it provides and because I think Paul is a good leader.

• If you care to find out more, you can watch their service where they announce their changes.

• Bottom line for me is that the Gilbert elders made the right decision, and yet it’s still painful to lose people like Tim, who I love and has been such a significant influence in my life and others.

• It’s been so difficult to experience all the transition, division, and discord of the last year — I hope we can all soon turn the page and focus on the mission at hand to reach all these people around us who don’t know Jesus.

• That’s kind of where my head is at.

• I’m eager to preach the gospel, invite people to church, and love our neighbors in a way that’s only explainable with Jesus in our lives.

• I’m looking forward to the people who aren’t here yet, even while I continue to shepherd and love those who are in our church family.

• God has been so good to us in Jesus, and I want everyone to know it.

• The last thing on my mind is that today is the last full day of Trump’s presidency, which has to be a weird thing for any president.

• I love the tradition that outgoing presidents leave a letter in the Oval Office for the incoming president, and the big question on my mind is whether Trump will leave one for Biden — and, if so, what will it say?

• Who knows…

• I’ve prayed for Trump over these last years and I’ll pray for Biden too.

• My hope is in the One who sits in power over both of them, King Jesus.

• All of life is all for him.