The State Board of Missions honored Nancy and me with a dinner and reception on Thursday night, Feb. 6 to celebrate our 25th year serving Florida Baptists. It was a wonderful event. Many worked hard in planning and executing the time together.
At the end of the dinner, I was given a time to respond to the many gracious comments that were made. When it was my time, these were some of my comments.
Trying to recall 25 years of history is like trying to catch water in a sieve. It goes through awfully fast and doesn’t leave a lot of time for reflection.
I realize when you talk about yourself some may see it as bragging. Dizzy Dean said it right, “If you’ve done it, it ain’t bragging.”
|Nights at home
(we have spent more time out
of our house than in our house—
roughly 12 years at home and
13 years on the road)
(not an unduplicated number)
Nancy and I have driven over a million miles in this job. There is not one jerk driving in Florida that we haven’t been behind or in front of! God has protected us. We have had only one major wreck caused by a woman texting while entering I-65 in Montgomery, Ala.
I started 25 years ago, noting on my calendar the number of times I had spoken in any given month. This included preaching assignments, conferences, weddings and funerals. For some reason I thought it would be interesting to record how many nights we slept at home. And I also catalogued the number of places we visited to represent Florida Baptists. These are unscientific numbers:
No one has been more blessed with good people on the State Board of Missions than I have. They have been good to us, and allowed great latitude in recommending and hiring staff. When our economy was healthy, when it became unhealthy, you have loved us.
Florida Baptists have been good to us. No Baptist preacher has been as fortunate as I have. God is so good. His blessings are manifold. Thank you for loving us and caring for our needs. Only eternity will reveal the wonderful work of the Florida Baptist Convention. It brings great joy to know. You have included me in the journey. I am so grateful.
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