Minister is not what he does, it's who he is.
Minister is not a job or occupation, it's a calling.
Minister is not a noun, it's a verb.
I have known this guy since I was 6 years old and have been with him for over 25 years. He loves and forgives like nothing I've ever seen.
Watching Keith live out love and forgiveness with his dad is the reason I gave my life to Jesus. I had never seen that kind of love lived out before. Keith loved his dad without condition and without strings. He just loved.
If you are struggling to see the goodness and forgiveness of God,
I invite you to lean in.
If you are struggling to see God as loving,
I invite you to come close.
Pure Jesus love pours out of my guy in the most beautiful way.
When there is reason to hate, he loves.
When there is reason to resent, he forgives.
Where you think you'll find bitterness, you see freedom.
The way Keith lives and loves is not Keith at all.
Tuesday, I watched Keith lovingly and gently tell his grandfather that his son was dying. We just received news that morning that Keith's dad was dying and being referred to hospice and I sat quietly and watched a grandson and grandfather talk about losing the man who unities them.
Both named Keith.
One losing a son and the other losing a father.
Today is not the day to share Keith's life story.
Like most of ours, it's messy.
Keith's dad has hours/days left on this side of eternity.
He penned a note for his children and grandchildren last year for this exact moment.
When I read his heart poured out on a page, one word comes to mind…
There are things that he wishes he'd have done different.
There are decisions he wishes he could change.
But I love you and I am sorry are they words he wants to say.
I can't help but think of all the people out there who need to be encouraged to continue to freely give love those who continue to hurt you. To live out forgiveness toward those who continue to disappoint you.
That's where freedom reigns.
That's where the fruit of the Spirit grows.
That's where your heart is transformed.
That's where Jesus shines.
"God has chosen you and made you His holy people. He loves you. So your life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Don't be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive them because the Lord forgave you. Together with these things, the most important part of your new life is to love each other. Love is what holds everything together in perfect unity. Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking. It is for peace that you were chosen to be together in one body. And always be thankful."