I just got home from my last Elders Meeting of 2010. Tomorrow, weather permitting, Sandy, Tricia and I will get on a plane for Dallas and we’ll spend Christmas with Andrew, Kara and Grace. While we’re in Dallas we’ll get to see my mom, my sister Candy, and my Uncle Mike Nuthman and his family. I’m really looking forward to our time away.
I’m also looking forward to what God is going to do both in and through Mount Pleasant Christian Church in 2011. At our Elders meeting we went through our monthly “Ministry Report” where we were able to see some of the highlights of the past month. The truth is there have been many highlights in 2010. Throughout the year we spent our time in studies like Contagious Generosity, A New Command, Where is the Hope (a verse-by-verse look at I Peter), Let’s Pray, and The Joshua Project. On the weekend after Easter (April 10/11) we had the incredible experience of baptizing 114 people in our four services. Our Easter weekend, Patriotic weekend and special Christmas weekend were all outstanding. This year’s Christmas services saw a record attendance of 4,930. In 2010 we saw the completion of a massive re-model of our facilities that included Bibleopolis, an interactive children’s ministry space that is absolutely incredible. There were Mission trips, VBS, Sports camps, a Blue Bell ice cream truck at our Volunteer Appreciation picnic- I could go on and on.
As I think about 2011 I understand the importance of things like vision and strategic planning. But I’m also convinced that one of the most important elements of continued growth and ministry will be persistence. To that end let me share a series of inspirational quotes and truths about persistence.
If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. No one would have remembered him either. --Unknown
Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm. –Unknown
There is nothing so fatal to character than half-finished tasks. -- David Lloyd George
We can do anything we want to as long as we stick to it long enough. --Helen Keller
The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success. --David Sarnoff
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who, at the worst, if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. -- Theodore Roosevelt
Failure is our teacher, not our under-taker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It's a temporary detour, not a dead-end street. --William Ward
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. --Calvin Coolidge
It is never too late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot
So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success: if I persist long enough I will win. --Og Mandino
Genius, that power that dazzles mortal eyes, is oft but perseverance in disguise.
--Henry W. Austin
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. --Dale Carnegie
Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance. --Samuel Johnson
As inspirational and challenging as these words are they pale in comparison to what Paul wrote in Galatians 6:9. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV)
Here’s to continuing to discover the power of persistence. I love you all and I’ll see you next year,