A theme developed from our conversations. That theme was this: Church planting has been the most difficult undertaking of their life, yet also the most rewarding.
Church planting is rewarding when you see God move in people's lives. It is a joy to follow His calling for your life. It is a joy to see people move from darkness to light. It is amazing to experience blessings that could come only from Him.
However, church planting is extremely difficult. There are days and nights filled with doubt. There is the feeling of loneliness. There is financial pressure. Relationship pressure. Even physical pressure.
I have been reminded more and more that the life of a disciple is really a battle.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:12, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."
|Crockett & Natalie with their daughters|
It really is a battle...