From the Pastor’s Desk
One time I was volunteering at a Thanksgiving dinner event for the elderly members of a church congregation. The speaker at the lunch was the pastor of the church, and I was able to pause and listen to him speak when he got up after the meal. He shared a short devotional from Titus 2:2-5 where Paul gives instructions to Timothy on what to teach the older church members. The pastor broke down the verses, showing the importance of their example and mentoring to younger believers. He gave an excellent challenge to the audience on how they may retire from their jobs but they shouldn’t from being a vital and active part of the church – that they are needed!
When the pastor stepped away from the microphone, I was standing nearby as the first person went to talk to him. The elderly gentleman leaned in close, looked the pastor in the eye and said: “Now, don’t expect too much from us old folks!” He had completely missed the entire point of the message, which was that the so-called “old folks” of the church were vital to it’s health and development!
We need the more mature members in our churches to stay involded in their congregations! Naturally what they do and how they do it may change, but the example and wisdom that our mature Christians hold must be shown and taught to the rest of us!
If you are an older Christian, we need your wisdom…the expectations should be high for you! If you are a younger Christian, look to learn from older members. The world may seem to have changed, but the same struggles and fight have gone on for thousands of years. The wisdom of Christ is applicable for all times, and we must learn from those who have knowledge and experience!
Born in 1959, George was the eldest of four, the “experimental model.” Growing up in a very strict home, George found his “escape” in science and space. His mom didn’t let George watch television; she feared that it would give him too many crazy ideas. However, George would sneak peeks to watch “The Fugitive,” because he was enthralled by David Jansen’s adventures. As a young boy, George loved to read adventure books. George’s mom believed that kids needed to be kept busy; George did not enjoy her
definition of busy. So, at the age of six, George hiked seven miles to run away from home. George has always loved the outdoors. He caught his first 38-inch steelhead at the age of six, while trout fishing. He’s been fascinated with hunting since he was a young boy. All of these outdoor activities were a release from the strictness inside of the house. At the age of eleven, George became a Boy Scout. As a high school senior, George helped design and build the world’s largest seesaw. He and a friend then rode it, in the SeaTac Mall, for forty-six days straight, allowing time for brief breaks. Entertainers were brought in so they wouldn’t be bored. They ended up setting a Guinness World Record!
George was first exposed to Christianity in a friend’s home; it felt very different than the “house” he lived in. His friend’s dad was kind and engaging. At the age of twenty-two, his friend Matt led him to the Lord. He also introduced George to the idea of serving the Lord. When Matt died, no one intervened to continue where Matt had left off. George then joined the Navy, where he worked hard. College followed and life became all about achievements. Starting at the age of thirty, George suffered many losses: both of his grandfathers, his dad, his marriage, and his son, Jacob. He then became an agnostic…until his friend Larry asked, “How’s that working for you?” George’s math/science interest peaked. As he researched the Mandelbrot Set, he saw the pattern of God’s design. It began to all make sense to him.
After moving his family (Michelle and Lucas) here from Washington, and after attending another local church, they ended up joining us here at Newport Christian. They liked the pastor, music, and food! George’s greatest joys are: his marriage to Michelle, his 8 grandchildren, the peace that he feels hiking, and sharing these experiences with Michelle. George reminds us to stay in the present; don’t focus on
what’s ahead; that will only distract us. God wants us in THIS moment. When George stays in the present, he is in a better position to accept God’s will. We love you, George!