I am thankful for Main Street for a lot of different reasons. First, for believing in me 7 1/2 years ago and hiring a guy with no experience and only a college degree. You took a chance on me (insert ABBA song here…) and I think we have grown from it. I will always be indebted to your willingness to go by faith in your decision to hire me. Secondly, I am thankful for the commitment you have to the church as your hours of service are unlike any I have ever seen. I am also thankful for the parents in the youth group who seriously put up with me and my often unorganized ways. You continue to believe in me and for that I am grateful. I am also thankful for the friends we are close to at Main Street who have been there to support us in good times and even some really bad times. I am thankful for Joe Rushing and his 20 years of service to Main Street and Linda Ballard (our secretary) for her almost 40 years of service. You guys are amazing and I am grateful for your patience for being the guy who thinks differently at times. Thank you.
Most of all, I am thankful for the youth group (past and present). There have been times I have wanted to give up (any minister goes through these cycles) but you gave me energy, drive and vision to do things people thought we could never do. You believed in me and my craziness and off-the-wall ideas and supported me even when some of those ideas were stupid (remember writing B.A.F. on the white-board? Crazy!). There have been difficult times as I have watched people make decisions God disapproves of and some of the youth have left God all-together. It has been tough. But, many of you have stuck with it and many of you are in love with Jesus in a way I could not have fathomed. I am particularly thankful for the few of you whom I am really close to and have shared my heart with as you have shared yours with me. Jesus had a ton of followers, twelve disciples and was really close to three. Thank you for sharing your hearts with me as we figure out this thing called the “Christian journey.”
Thank you Main Street.