Written by Dr. Bill Bagents
The honest answer recently was, “It’s been five Mondays in a row.” Two important projects had to be re-done. A couple of meetings were Alice-in-Wonderland-down-the-rabbit-hole bizarre. Some bright people made errant assumptions instead of asking obvious questions that would have allayed their concerns. I ended the week “behinder” than I started it. My remembering didn’t work nearly as consistently as I wanted it to. And I didn’t feel the best. Major bummer.
Upon reflection, my surly honest answer doesn’t tell the whole story. During that same week:
- Brethren at Mars Hill were stunningly kind about my effort at a sermon. That’s not at all unusual, but it’s not at all unappreciated.
- Good folks who participated in worship at El Reposo (a local nursing home) were kind about that lesson as well.
- I was part of several God-honoring meetings that were punctuated by prayer and blessed by major wisdom.
- A good friend and alumnus of HCU called to invite me to speak on a summer series because he wants to see me again and he thinks the lesson will bless the church.
- Another good friend and alumnus of HCU sent a report of his work for the gospel in India. I teared up as I read of the many ways he is faithfully honoring the Lord.
- I received ticket confirmation for the upcoming trip to the Philippines. If the Lord allows, we will get to work with and encourage wonderful brethren associated with Asian Christian University. I’ll get to see the books that we sent to enhance their library. More than that, I’ll get to see some of the sweetest of Christians again.
- I got to search for books at several local sites and found a number that will bless the Overton Memorial Library.
- Friends of the Overton Memorial Library, a group that tries to enhance OML, accepted an invitation to help grow the library collection at the Philippine Institute of Biblical Studies.
- I talked with my mom and my dad on the phone. They know it’s me, and they still answer.
- Several sweet people asked that I remember them in prayer. They (and I) believe that God hears every prayer from His people and does more to bless us than we’ll ever know.
- I heard one of the most moving chapel lessons ever delivered by alumnus and co-worker Michael Jackson. What a blessing!
- I heard a Heritage Christian board member say wonderful things about the work of alumni, both stateside and abroad.
- God blessed me with time to write a bit, and bright people helped fix mistakes and improve communication notably.
- Friends helped with projects for both HCU and the Alpha Center that I could not have completed alone, and they helped most pleasantly.
In some respects there were still “five Mondays in a row.” Each had frustrations, challenges, and reversals. Each also included blessings, encouragement, and at least a bit of progress. I’d be smarter to focus more on the blessings (Philippians 4:8). I’d be stronger if I also remembered Philippians 4:11-13. If we’re willing, God can deepen us through the challenges of life. It’s foolish of me to expect smooth sailing every day. It’s wise of us to know that God offers His peace, “which surpasses all understanding,” every day—even on Mondays (Philippians 4:6).