I see now that I am guilty of hanging out in a bubble. Despite the incredible connection to the outside world via the web, I still think I hang out in a bubble. Maybe I do it unknowingly or maybe I do it because too often my eyes are on myself, my life, and my ministry.
The past two weekends I shared our church plant vision with Memorial Baptist Church [De Queen, AR] and Bethany Baptist Church [White Hall, AR]. Both churches are rocking it out.
There is great joy in seeing churches thriving as they live and preach the Gospel. I know why Paul looked forward to traveling to various churches. He wanted to feel and experience that joy all over again. That is what it will be like for the next few months. Over and over experiencing the joy of meeting with co-labors in the Gospel.
My encouragement is for you to pick up the phone. Call a pastor, youth pastor, or college pastor to see what is up in their ministry. Encourage them and be encouraged.