RIP – Bobby Romero

bobby-romeroBobby Romero. 

My friend died today. Too young. Too fast. Unexpected. It’s pretty sobering to think of it. What impact did Bobby have on my life? I want to get it out now because Bobby deserves it. Some of this he knew. Some he may not have known.

First, Bobby kindled my desire for disciple making. He saw on Facebook that I was reading Simple Church. He took the initiative to get coffee with me and pick my brain, and me his. I was awesome.

Second, Bobby taught me that it’s ok to ask the questions no one else will ask. He asked the most aggravating yet deep questions that moved Bible study and conversation forward. Bobby would say things that boarded to much, but just far enough.

Third, Bobby was a good Bible teacher. We just taught a men’s bible study in James together at Starbucks last Spring. He helped me prepare a preaching series in James for FBC Ruidoso.

Bobby laughed. We had a special relationship where we could pick on each other and not get upset.

Bobby valued my leadership and opinion. 

Bobby served a tough ministry field – a race track. And he loved those people like a pastor should. I was so proud of him to enduring hardship in the ministry.

Bobby introduced me to Jon Burton. He helped me capture a fresh vision and passion for one-on-one disciple making.

Thanks for the love Bobby. You impacted my life, FBC Ruidoso, and our community for Jesus Christ. I’m sad Bobby is gone. I’m glad Bobby knew Jesus as his savior.

And if you don’t know Jesus, Bobby would want you to accept Jesus Christ as your savior. 

When it’s too late to recover from your mistakes.

Too LateLife comes with a lot of mistakes. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of regrets. I’m not immobilized by them, but I do have a sense of burden. I sometimes wish I could stand of top of the world and tell everyone I have hurt and abused and used, “I’m sorry.” The reality is I cannot do that. The past is the past. I can’t undo the past nor can i go back in time. I can only give to God my repentance and faith and move forward (Mark 1:15; Gal 2:20).

For some things, it’s too late to recover. Not with God, but with people.

I’m convinced I don’t get the consequences I deserve. If I did, I would be in jail, or have aids, or still be addicted, etc.

There are some things that look like they are too late. They burden me also. For example …..

  • Your child graduates high school but does not know God.
  • Your child is entering high school, but you have lost control already.
  • You spent more time on things that don’t matter, but now you realize your child does not care about God because God was not important to you.
  • You realize you can’t get back the years of not going to church.
  • You realize time is gone. You can’t get it back.

These are devastating things. And while taking your children to church and living out the gospel in front of them is not a guarantee, it’s biblical. And it’s proven to be a better path. There is blessing in obedience.

I had a lot of things go wrong by the time I was 24. Yet look at God. He turned me into a pastor. I’m born again. I know my purpose in life. Sometimes we fail to see that it’s not over yet. We can go back on some things and make it right. I have found that we often live like it’s the fourth quarter, when God’s only at half-time. This is not excuse for the list above. If you don’t invest spiritual things in your children, and you don’t live your life from the vantage point of a local church expression of the gospel, then don’t wonder why your kids don’t care about spiritual things. And it might just impact their future families. That is scary thinking, but it’s not over. You can still make a spiritual impact on your children. Just communicate mistakes and move forward. Invest spiritually in your family and friends.

While some mistakes cannot be recovered, they can be lessons learned for the future. It’s not too late for a come back. Recovery is possible. Don’t quit too early. Don’t quit on your kids, family, marriage, job, education, or friends. God can always work.

Rehab. Moses. Peter. Paul. You. Me.

It’s never too late to recover from mistakes when God is involved.

Takeaways from yesterday – 11.18.15

Yesterday was a great day. But it was a hectic day. What were my top takeaways?

Yesterday

  1. It was all about giving away 50 Thanksgiving Baskets in our community.
  2. I met at the campus to meet with a group that is planning a Christmas Day Dinner for people in our community who might need it, or desire it.
  3. Found 35 homes in lower income areas that would appreciate a great Thanksgiving Basket.
  4. While finding homes, I get a call from a student who was to deliver canned goods to us, but I didn’t know how much goods? What time to deliver?  And I had already told the person we were delivering our baskets before the delivery could happen, but come anyway.
  5. I get a call from a senior adult needing help.
  6. I get a “hey you” for something I’m not connected to at all on campus because …. just because.
  7. I arranged the 50 baskets for delivery.
  8. I was nervous because I didn’t know who was coming to deliver “50” baskets.
  9. I delivered 10 baskets “door to door” to people who did not know I was coming.
  10. Others delivered 40 baskets – awesome.

Takeways

  • Anything Great Commission is good. Keeps us “main thing.”
  • I love door to door evangelism. You never know how lost and needy people are until you see them face to face.
  • When I don’t know the outcome or details of a food donation, don’t depend on it for a ministry outreach that happens on the day of the drop off.
  • I can’t always know the circumstances of someone else’s ministry circumstances. Avoid judgement or criticism.
  • I need to plan better for basket deliveries next time. People don’t just think to arrive.
  • I should actually give it all away next time so others can do it “all.” Ministry Expansion.
  • I get aggravated when others don’t see ministry from my view as they judge my actions. They can’t see what I’m trying to do. (and vice versa)
  • There’s always more need than resources with man. With God? Anything is possible.
  • Answer the phone for senior adults, even when you are busy. They appreciate it.
  • I’m thankful for other leaders, servants who pulled off the ministry event.
  • There’s nothing like the look of a family getting a turkey and basket of food when they needed it.
  • Gospel openings come from sowing via servant based outreach.
  • A good wife gives wise counsel to her husband. Thank you wife.