The dictionary defines a “season” as an indefinite period of time. Seasons are a part of life no matter who you are or where you live. The calendar year knows the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Just as soon as you grow accustomed to one season, another one begins before you know it. Our physical lives are made up of seasons as well. There is the springtime of childhood where we energetically learn about life and grow up into adulthood. Next, there is the summertime of young adulthood where we marry and raise our own family. Then, there comes the autumn where our children grow up and leave the house, the time when the nest becomes empty. Last, there is the winter of senior adulthood where our grayed head becomes white with wisdom and experience. Life is made up of seasons. The same is true in our spiritual lives as believers as well. There are seasons of good times, seasons of bad times. There are seasons on the mountaintop, and there are seasons in the valley. When we think of seasons, we must never forget the fact that they are temporary, yet they are also purposeful.
If you will allow me to speak personally for a moment, I would like to share with you how the seasons of life are changing in my own life. For the last several years, I have had the privilege of serving Walker Road Baptist Church in Morganton, NC, as pastor. These have been among the best years of my life thus far in my Christian experience. It has been my joy to serve alongside a congregation of believers who love Jesus. We have laughed together, and we have cried together. We have known great times of growth, and we have known difficult times of struggle. Through it all, Jesus has proven Himself faithful to us, and I am grateful for the opportunity He has allowed me to have. The pastorate is a sacred trust, and never should the office be taken lightly. Now, I have come to a change of seasons as Green Street Baptist Church in High Point, NC, has extended the call to me and my family. My last Sunday in the pulpit with the Walker Road family will be November 3. Please pray for the church as they will begin the journey of seeking God’s direction for a new shepherd.
I am looking forward with great anticipation to what the Lord has in store for us from this point forward. Throughout the years, Green Street has been an historic congregation with a storied history of growth and passion for the gospel. This faith family has been served by many godly men whom Jesus has greatly used to lead the church. The church is blessed with a tremendous staff who are gifted and called by God, and I am humbled at the privilege to serve alongside them. Therefore, it is with much appreciation that we look to the past, but it is also with much anticipation that we look forward to the future. Please pray for me and my family as we move to High Point and make the transition to begin serving the Green Street family.