SIDE TRIPS ON THE JOURNEY

Having just completed my blog on the events surrounding our move to Kingsville, I feel it necessary to acknowledge that I am keenly aware of the many ways that I could have been a better husband, father, pastor, and leader.  As I write this particular set of blogs, I do not want to leave the impression that I have not had my share of stumbling and falling.  My children may be the primary ones to be interested in this makeshift autobiography and I do not want them to have an unrealistic view of their dad.  Pastors are not immune to the temptations and trials that other people face.  I have battled a hot temper, mild depression, a desire to escape the unending responsibilities of leadership, and procrastination throughout my life.  God knows me better than I know myself.  I am always amazed that he has used me anyway.  In fact, he has given me an absolutely amazing experience in ministry.  Every church we have served has grown.  Some have grown dramatically.  Can God use flawed people to accomplish his work?  I am living proof of it.  If there is one thing that I have done right, I have always known the truth of what Jesus said in John 15:5.  “I am the vine.  You are the branches.  He who abides in me and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit for without me you can do nothing.”  This has been a guiding principle for forty years of ministry.  No matter how many side trips there have been, I always return to and rely on Jesus.  I know that I have no power of my own.  The Lord is my strength.

Dan Wooldridge

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