Seek not the status of “speaker.” Look for the chance to authentically witness as a disciple in love with the Lord, wherever you are, stage or not.
At the suggestion of my friend and mentor, I decided to make a “best of” list of the things I’ve experienced in ministry this year. It’s certainly not an exhaustive reflection on the amazing things I’ve gotten to do with so many incredible people, but it is a nice smattering of moments that have stood out to me while I’ve logged these miles and spread the Gospel.
These significant moments in life that find us repeating the same actions year by year are meant to be honored, remembered, and celebrated. Traditions are essential to who we are, woven into the very fabric of our identity. Without tradition, we are lost and uprooted. With tradition, we are grounded in something bigger than just ourselves and whatever random moment in which we find ourselves. Tradition is what we do, but it's also who we are, critical to our being.