Listening when it doesn’t make sense.
So there I was, managing this coffee stand at the church. Handling the tracking of money and helping with every aspect of the operation. For starters, I don’t think that I should even be my own bookkeeper, it’s certainly not in me to be a diligent tracker of money for an entity outside of myself. However, there I was, because God needed me to be involved. The coffee stand needed change, Creek Espresso needed management and needed good stewardship. I didn’t see myself fit for the job, but God did, so I listened.
I did the best I could and prayed like crazy for God to show me the more permanent answer as to who belonged managing Creek Espresso, it certainly didn’t feel like it was me. Since I joined the BAM board (Business As Mission) earlier this year, I felt drawn to this coffee stand. God was pulling me towards it to seemingly set the path for the future, much like he pulled me in to start this blog late last year. As with most things God pulls me to, there was enemy opposition. It was not an easy road but with the help of the BAM board, our volunteers and a HUGE help by our new Creek Espresso Management, Stephanie Moddison, the future is looking bright for Creek Espresso and it’s efforts to raise funds for The AC3 Community Center.
The power of prayer
Like I said, the prayers were being sent up in great numbers lately about finding a solution to the problem that I was facing. I needed to step down from this role in the coffee stand, but I needed God to show me the way as surely all of this hard work was for progress in Jesus’ name.
So there I am, praying like crazy. One night, I had a good long talk about it with Bet (aka the awesomest wife in recorded history), told her I was praying about it and asked her to as well. That night before I went to bed I prayed that I’d find balance, that even if I was supposed to manage this coffee stand that I could fit it in where it needed to be fit in as I run a real estate business that supports my family that is clearly #1 on the work priority list.
How God works in my life.
Well, in the short years I’ve been a real follower of Jesus, I’ve learned that The Holy Spirit seriously lacks subtleties when showing me the path that needs to be taken.
So I’m moping around the house, the very next day after talking to Bet about this coffee stand/time constraint problem and Bet says, “hey honey, I found this in the bag of stuff taken out of your old car, do you want it?”
This is a press pass, made for me by one Nate Crain, an idea straight from God, filtered through Dan Hazen and myself. It was the vision to start this very blog that caused me to take up my passion for writing again, a vision that was seemingly taken from me when business picked up and the coffee stand among other things took all of my time.
At first I didn’t think much of her finding the press pass and handing it to me. Then I checked my email. Within an hour of Bet handing me my press pass, I get an email from Creek Espresso’s saving grace, Stephanie Moddison. Stephanie and I had been working together to manage Creek Espresso for several months. There’s no way that it would be what it is today without her. The email was about how God was putting it on her heart to take over full management of Creek Espresso. How her little guy was just getting old enough where she thought she could take this all on and that her processes for the stand were ready to be in full swing.
So, I took a step back. Thanked God for working in my life and told Him that I’m listening and that I’m His humble servant and will press forward as he’s called me to do.
So, I listened. Here I am, writing on the blog. I know not where I’ll be led in this adventure but I know I’ll be led somewhere He wants me to be which makes my heart happier than I could have ever imagined. I’m done asking questions about where He leads me, it’s time to just follow because I always end up in the right place at the right time.
I also know, AC3, that your espresso stand, Creek Espresso is in capable, amazing, loving and caring hands for the foreseeable future in Stephanie Moddison. I will be doing all that I can to support her as she takes on this challenge that God has laid on her plate. So stop in for some java this weekend at church and support the community center at the same time.
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Thank you Jared for your support, and kind words for Stephanie. She is such an amazing blessing to our family, and I'm so excited for her to be such an amazing blessing to the AC3 family. -Nate
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