It has been great for me to have Greg Elderkin sharing Wednesday nights with me. Greg wants to teach… and I enjoy breaks. Wednesday nights have been my class — forever! As the paid professional, I am expected to be available and Wednesdays are tough on our men whose jobs often demand them to work on Wednesday. Because of their jobs they cannot make the commitment to always be here as I can because I have the flexibility in my schedule.
The past couple of months I have been able not only to participate in class but to observe in a way I usually cannot. I have found it nice to sit back and relax and soak in the Wednesday experience! This past Wednesday was special. Jake Hoffman gave the devo – his first. He said he was nervous. His devo was on when I am weak, then I am strong. Jesus can use us best when we are weak! I know Jake loves to teach. He was chosen as teacher of the year at his school by the students this last year. I know he wants to work with our young people. And, hopefully, after his chaotic life becomes more normal – first year teaching… wife working on her Masters… and 2 small children… hectic schedules – he will be taking on a more prominent role in the work at SouthSide. I know Jake was not raised in the church, but I have seen amazing growth and Bible knowledge in him!!! It was enjoyable to me to kind of take that in this past Wednesday night.
And, as I sat in class and observed Greg it kind of doubled the feeling. Greg was not raised in the church. He was baptized at 27 as I think I heard in class. Greg wants to teach… he wants to grow. He has challenged himself to do devos… teach class… and even deliver sermons… I admire those who challenge themselves! Greg has come a long, long ways over the years.
I had a flashback to my first Wednesday night devo. It was in Texas. I was in 8th or 9th grade. I was nervous… no very, very, very nervous. I don’t remember much about it anymore, but that’s good – I don’t want to! I’m glad I did it. I’m not the greatest speaker even after years of doing it, but all God want is for us to do the best we can. I heard somewhere there is strength in weakness?