It's been a long week. I spent the whole week over with the high school students at Western Christian for their spiritual emphasis week. With that, I also preached yesterday morning at Crossroads and then Wednesday night at FLOOD (which in all honesty, was one of the most powerful worship services I have ever been a part of). But running on empty can bring about discouragement. I believe that I was faithful in teaching the word this week. I had some students from Western come up and share how God had taught them this week. For that I am so thankful, but of course the mind-games come that make me wonder if I really accomplished anything (and of course that leads to being reminded that it is God who accomplishes, that it is him working in and through me, never leaving me to work for him by myself).
It's during times like this that I trust what God says more than what I think or feel:
"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." — Isaiah 55:10,11 (NIV)
I trust that God accomplishes what he wants to accomplish every time, even when I don't "feel" good about how things went.
Thank you, Jesus, for another opportunity to preach your word this week—to talk about you to so many people. I'm honored and I pray that I brought you glory and made you proud.