First Baptist Church of Texas City
From Our Family Pastor, Dennis Johns:
I regret to inform you that I do not have the best memory. That is a blessing and a curse. There are many things that I am fortunate to have easily forgotten, yet there are cherished memories that I don’t have the pleasure of recalling. I can hear most of you saying, “Welcome to the club!” Forgetfulness is NOT a fruit of the Spirit! My friend Jeff Barksdale from high school (Northwest High in Justin, TX for those inquiring minds who want to remember) can recall the specific scores of basketball games that we played and specific situations that were epic game wins. I remember that our socks were high and our shorts were short, and that is because I have an old picture to remind me. Brad Jackson can recite the Innkeeper’s part from the Living Christmas Tree 20 years ago “word for word.” I have a hard time remembering my Apple password.
It makes me realize further that we all are put together differently, blessed with specific gifts, talents, and ministry opportunities. This is not to say that we cannot learn and discipline ourselves to improve areas that we are not proficient; but I believe that we do have areas of giftedness that are God given, natural, and distinct. How we use those gifts on our journey here on this Earth determines our view along the way.
I try not to fret about my forgetfulness because I know that I can contribute in other ways. In fact, my weakness helps me to understand how others fit into the picture of the body of Christ; we need each other. We all are the recipients of God-given and God-blessed abilities and talents; but as a wise pastor once (more than once) said, “No one is the complete package.”
Be encouraged today; Colossians 3:16-17. 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.