I arrived in the office this morning to find a phone message awaiting me.
I dial in my intricate 4 digit password and discover one of our elders has left a message.
"Uh oh. What did I do?", is the first thing to run through my mind. (I should probably be less paranoid.)
It's about my sermon from Sunday. He was just calling to say that it was good. In fact, he stayed for both services. And then he shared how someone else he talked with had made the decision to "stay in the boat".
I don't do this to pat myself on the back. But I do it to remind myself that after the rough comment I heard a month or so ago, it's not always like that.
But I can't get too cocky because I have to do it again this upcoming Sunday. But I don't think I can recycle last week's sermon.