Ministry is not about what I can do for you, but sharing from what Christ is doing in me. I love this quote from Ian Cron's book Chasing Francis.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Today my second-grader runs for President...of his class. He told my wife this morning, "I can't wait to vote for myself!" As part of the campaign process he will give a speech in front of his class. No big deal, right? Not for me. I love giving speeches. It makes me feel alive, but Pierson has a speech impediment. Speech Pathologists have worked with him since the age of three because all he ever said was, "Bagaw" (Yep, kind of like a bird). A few years ago he tested in the 1% for kids his age. He has come a long way but there is more work to be done, and he does work.
I don't want you to feel sorry for him because he doesn't feel sorry for himself. In fact, he does not even seem aware of how his talking troubles might affect his second-grade oration. He is not afraid, but eager and excited. Part of his lack of hesitancy is just Pierson. He is that way...tenacious, courageous, optimistic and eager. But more of it is that people speak value and confidence into his person. Grandparents, people at Church, his mother, teachers, therapists and even his brothers encourage him, root for him, build him up, celebrate his victories, and cheer him on. They speak words of strength and courage and he believes them. His impediment does not define him, your love does. This is the power of YOUR words!
Pierson may not win the Second Grade Presidency today. I don't really care because he has already won! Today, I celebrate not election results but people who build up my son. I pray he never loses the courage, the eagerness, and the hopefulness he shows today. As my wife said, "I wish I could be a fly on the classroom wall!" He's got my vote!
[He recently told me he wants to be a preacher so he can tell people about God! That is the majesty of God, taking a kid with a speech impediment and using him to declare his glory. That's what God does!]
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Hey friends! I've entered a new blogging endeavor called AfterWORDS. Although I will continue to post here at charltontaylor, it will be less frequent. I'm giving more attention and time to AfterWORDS because it fulfills a specific ministry purpose: to keep the Sunday message fresh, alive and practical. Weekly AfterWORDS' posts build on the previous Sunday's message and offer an audio link to the message. If you have enjoyed this blog, I would encourage you to give AfterWORDS a try. Thanks for reading!