I am both challenged and inspired by the quote from Mark Twain:
“20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
I confess I am not much of a sailor. I quite enjoy the experience but lack the knowledge and confidence to be out in open water by myself. However, I have enjoyed the unique experience of sailing with a trusted captain and there is nothing like the freedom of open water with a fresh wind behind you. For there lies freedom, liberation and an open horizon full of possibilities, discoveries and wonder. Yet, this experience begins by a willingness to leave the dock and decide to set sail.
Though unpacked boxes still pervade our new living space, we already feel at home and deeply appreciate the warm welcome received upon arrival in our new community and congregation in Connecticut. All of life’s changes and transitions can be challenging but I have learned that, in many ways, we are all constantly on a journey of process. I have learned to be open to all that God has to teach me during these times of changes and to embrace new beginnings.
So here we find ourselves arriving in a new harbor fresh from France full of excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead. Six months ago, my wife Lauretta and I could not have envisioned our young family relocating to a more perfect community than Greenwich and congregation than Round Hill Community Church. www.roundhillcommunitychurch.org
We knew that change was in the air but had no idea how wonderfully God would breath into our sails and gently guide us here. We have learned that God can be trusted to navigate our voyage and when we open ourselves to the guidance and direction of God’s Spirit, joy and peace empower our sails.
I am honored and humbled to begin my new calling as the Associate Pastor at Round Hill Community Church and am eager to dive into conversations, develop relationships and deepen our faith together in the weeks, months and years to come.
So I encourage us all to explore, dream and discover together all that God has in store for our communities in the year ahead! May we embrace one another and encounter God in our midst as we live out the call to a be a force for God and good in our community and world.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15:13