I was so inspired by Alex’s blog yesterday, and completely agree with him that the zeal and faith of the younger people in our church is so inspiring! It made me think of another group in our church – the older people! Yeah, I’m talking about anyone over 35 or so, especially those folks that have been around awhile, seen the ups and downs of the Christian life. I’m talking about the people who have read the Bible cover to cover multiple times, heard thousands of sermons, been a part of many different ministries, and seen several leaders. They’ve raised their families in the church, studied the Bible with all kinds of folks, and even seen some of them leave the faith. It is their zeal and faith that inspires me and calls me higher.
Last week we had the pleasure of spending an evening with Mack and Zoe Strong, two people in the thick of life. They have two wonderful young boys, Zoe is in the thick of a graduate program, and Mack is busy with his football analyst career. Despite all of that, they serve as deacons, Bible Talk Leaders, study the Bible with people all the time, and basically serve in any way asked of them…awesome.
I just got an email from Ellen Soter, who makes sure the Eastside announcements are sent out every Wednesday evening. Actually, that is just a SMALL part of what she does over here. We’ve known the Soters for years, and it seems that with each passing year they seem to be serving more and more…wow.
Last night we had dinner with Mike and Laura Fouts, whom we’ve known for about 15 years. We actually served in the ministry with them years ago, and it’s so good to be reunited with them! It was so awesome to sit and talk with them about life, the ministry, family and so much more. As always, Mike filled me in on the people he is studying the Bible with…incredible.
Today we are having Greg and Lisa Brumley and their family over to watch the Huskies win the Alamo Bowl. They are another couple we’ve known for years, and are thrilled to be building a close friendship with them. They have been Christians since the Ice Age (sorry guys), been in many different churches, been a part of about a hundred Bible Talks. I’m not sure they hear anything “new” these days, but their faith is so contagious and they love the church so much…amazing.
We are so grateful to serve on the eastside with such faithful people. Sure, we are older, balder, and many are getting pretty gray! However, in an era where too many people seem to lose their idealism as they get older, our church is full of people who continue to grow in their faith, no matter what life throws their way. People like the Tachers, Pflaumers, Storz’, Johnsons, Fawcetts, Stirrets, Brumleys (all of them!), Webbs, Gammons, and so many more.
Thank you for your faith and inspiration – we are all blessed because of it!