Nic Collins and I left Ennis, Texas at 6am last Friday morning. Our first stop was in Fort Worth to collect my son T.J. from his apartment there. The next stop was at a QT for coffee. I stepped out of Nic's truck and was immediately met by a panhandler named Ashley. Ashley had her story down pat; she had a particular medicine that she needed and had part of the money, all she needed was for me to add to it. One could see this as either an obstacle or an opportunity, and this was one of those times where the Holy Spirit prompted me to speak. I asked her if she knew Jesus, and she said she did. I asked her to tell me about Him, and she came back with a pretty good answer. I gave her a Gospel of John and encouraged her to read it, and I contributed to her medicine fund. I also told her we would pray for her. (That's your cue to pause while you are reading this and pray for Ashley.)
We had T.J. in the pilot's seat since he knows his way around and through Fort Worth better than either Nic or me. We were right in the middle of the rush hour traffic and there is so much construction on the roads going north from Fort Worth, it took us two hours to get as far as Denton. We had a couple of other brief stops on the way, and with all of that, we just got to the church on time for the conference to begin at 6pm.
You may have seen T.C. Stallings on the big screen in "Fireproof" or "War Room". His testimony is that success is a blessing from God, and that he knows that God does not need him, but that God chose him. I really liked one of his analogies. He said that Jesus can take the wheel, but when He does He will be driving the car in front of you. It is your choice to follow him or not, we are not forced to go along with him in the same car.
Friday ended pretty late for these three guys after the long drive. A significant storm occured in Kansas City that night, and by the time we made it to our hotel room it was after 11pm. It seemed we had just closed our eyes when the alarm sounded, but after a good breakfast we were back at the church and looking forward to the next speakers.
The Benham Brothers pick on each other as they speak and are very entertaining. They have been very successful in real estate, but their fame came when they stood up for their belief in Jesus, even though it meant the cancellation of a very lucrative television program. "Boldness must be preceded by brokenness".
We left Kansas City soon after noon and were back in Ennis by 9pm. T.J. is already looking at the conference in New Orleans in 2017. Come go with us!