Dare to Dream: What Is In Your Hand

Sunday’s Scripture ~ Exodus 4:1-5.

This Sunday the Reverend David Killingsworth will join the Tuskawilla Family in worship leadership while I am off with our confirmands causing mischief at the first Florida Conference Confirmation Retreat at the Warren Willis Camp in Fruitland Park.

Please be in prayer for all the Confirmation Retreat participants this weekend. May relationships with Christ deepen, may understandings of faith increase, and may the coffee be strong – oh so strong!

(Not for the students – but for the adults – especially me!)

David serves as a co-pastor in partnership with his wife, Meghan, at First United Methodist Church in Sanford. David and I met many years ago when both he and Andrew were youth directors at two of the largest United Methodist Churches in greater Orlando. David has a sweet spirit, a wonderfully quick wit, and a deep love for the God’s people. David is passionate about strengthening the bonds between the church and the community through justice work. Ask him about The Picnic Project! Introduce yourself this Sunday and thank him for sharing his gifts with us at TUMC.

As I study the Scripture text for this Sunday, I am aware that it is a passage about what God’s power can do with current resources. Moses felt so ill-equipped and yet as a mentor told me years ago, God always equips the called. Moses doubted – his leadership, his potential effectiveness, his abilities, and his resources. Where Moses saw only deficiency, God saw efficacy. God saw how Moses could be and would be successful in drawing the Hebrews out of bondage and leading them into the salvation of the Promised Land.

I often joke with staff members and ministry colleagues that the first place I start shopping for ministry events… is at the Dollar Tree.

That is right. The Dollar Tree.

It is very seldom that the Dollar Tree fails me in what I am seeking. And hey – it saves a buck because everything literally is a buck!

People past and present have scoffed at my Dollar Tree shopping, but here is the truth: 1) Dollar Tree shopping is in keeping with TUMC’s commitment to stewarding our financial resources wisely and 2) I am always amazed at what God does with Dollar Tree resources.

Once again I am preparing for our Holy Week Lenten Prayer Stations – interactive opportunities for participants to read, reflect, and respond to Jesus’ Passion Story as they continue their journey with him from Hosanna to Empty Tomb. Most of the interactive elements at these stations humbly come from the Dollar Tree. Those candles, those pieces of clay, those markers, those silk leaves – through the presence of God’s power they become holy – and I am confident that God’s presence guiding their use accomplishes more in deepening faithful ponderings and encouraging faithful growth than I will ever know.

Just because something is humble or ordinary or commonplace does not limit God’s use of that object to draw you into deeper relationship with God or to display God’s power in guiding your life purpose.

Even items at/from the Dollar Tree.

Thank you, David, for sharing your gifts at TUMC this Sunday. Love them well and challenge them, too. They (we) are up for it!

Prayer: “Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabaoth, his name, from age to age the same, and he must win the battle.”* Amen.

*“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” The United Methodist Hymnal 110.

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