Pastor Tim here.
Our third child is almost potty trained! (The heavens rejoice... and so do his parents!)
Perhaps you remember what this blessed milestone was like for your kids or grandkids. Or, maybe you've either unintentionally or intentionally forgotten those days (or have never had the opportunity to experience this highly experiential rite of passage). You can click here to learn what potty training is like from a toddler's point of view from one of my favorite blogs: The Honest Toddler.
Potty training is whole lot like pivoting in response to our current state of social and cultural affairs.
Today, Nora, Kristi, Gerod, Pastor Matt, and I are participating in Day 2 of the virtual Global Leadership Summit. I resonated with yesterday's lead off speaker, Craig Groeschel. He said that there are two certainties in this uncertain time:
Indeed. None of us know what will happen next. And, God has placed the right people together for a time such as this.
I'd add a third certainty: God is still with us.
Romans 8:38-39 says it so well: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, however and wherever you find yourself pivoting this week, remember that just like Beth and I see an end in-sight for potty training, there is way forward as we navigate our current social and cultural realities. And whichever way forward we find ourselves stepping out into this week, may each of us find our boldness, confidence, and rest in the power and presence of Jesus whose loving arms are carrying us every step of the way.
Love you more than you know.
Meet Pastor Tim
Tim Bayer has served as Our Savior's Lead Pastor since September 2019. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Concordia University - Irvine, a National Leadership Facilitator and Resource, and a Community Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Tim studied sociology, psychology, and theology prior to earning his M.Div at Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. He has also is a candidate for an Ed.D (ABD) in Transformational Leadership. He is married to Beth and they have three young children. Together, they enjoy exploring the outdoors, experiencing culture, and pizza and movie nights.