Dr. Edwards spoke to us on Wednesday morning. He began by reading 2 Tim 1:14: "Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard
it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us." He talked about how as a young man it was difficult for him to imagine that he had a gift inside him. This set me thinking a lot about how I think of myself... My respect for who I am has improved a lot over the years as I have cmoe to understand that God uses broken things; but I still often belittle myself and even wound myeself emotionally. This doesn't line up with guarding any gift entrusted to me!
He talked about asking Bill and Gloria Gaither what their prayer has been over the years for themselves and their ministry. "Keep me from cynicism and preserve a childlike faith." That is what they need in order to be a light to people who walk in darkness. What is my prayer? I think that I should examine the prayers that I have been praying--and I should pray more intentionally.