End of a Chapter
Sometimes listening to know what God is speaking to you is like trying to listen to a needle drop while Finding Nemo is on it’s highest volume, you are surfing the internet for the best deal on Amazon, while loud power tools are being used 10ft away. It can be tough at times because we live in a world where if it is not done now it might as well not be done. The other day I thought about allowing my son to pay for his meal with money to show him how a transaction takes place, but I was worried about the people behind me getting upset because it would take 3 more seconds out of their wait. Time does not change from day to day but seemingly we are putting everything in fast forward when God is calling us to “Be still and know that He is God”*
Today, May 31, 2016, marks the end of an era for the Taylors. Though we spent our last Sunday at Friendship on the 15th of May, I still had two weeks of vacation to work out putting my end date at today. I was hired on in February of 2009 and one of the things that stayed on my mind was what I was going to name the youth group. I was going over name after name thinking about past youth groups I had been a part of like C.P.R. – Changing People Radically (S/O Pat Diggs), and FOG – Fire of God (S/O Richie Nobles). I wanted to make it catchy like those, but wanted something that would be original. My problem was I kept on wanting to name the youth group and blocked allowing God to name it. I begin praying hard and God brought me to this passage one day – 1 Corinthians 3:11 – “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” So thus birthed the name The Foundation Youth Ministry.
The Foundation Youth Ministry didn’t start in February. One reason was because there had to be some getting use to youth ministry, and the other was I wanted to kick it off with an event. So we started The Foundation on June 1, 2009 with an event in the auditorium with Boy Gospel and Terry Rainey. I started thinking about that date along with my end date and got another real confirmation from the Lord in our decision to depart from youth ministry. In scripture we see that the number 7 signifies completeness. From the beginning we see in Genesis in the creation account that 7 is identified with completeness and throughout scripture that number would seem to signify just that.
With today marking my last official day God has spoken to me through the number 7 (7 years from start of The Foundation) that this is the end of this chapter of my ministry life. There are other factors that have given me confirmation but I wanted to share one that I thought was pretty significant in correlation with numerical significance in scripture. What will I do now? This upcoming Sunday I head out to speak at week one of Wild Week Summer Camps with Ken Freeman. Though I’m focused on that at the moment, I also plan on turning down the volume on Nemo, just buying whatever I need off Amazon, and telling anyone with power tools to stay their butts at home.
* Pslam. 46:10
P.S. I’ll leave you with this
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