In Matthew 28:19, Jesus starts off by saying, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations…” I am crying and filled with such an immense sense of joy as I type this because for once in my life, in a church setting no less, I can think of 3 beautiful men who are so dear to my heart who are doing just what Jesus said, for me. These men, in no particular order include, Dennis Arroyo, Russ Painter and Gary Fishman.
These three prophet guys are so very special to me. They have been my introduction into what Jesus modeled in leadership. I can sit and just form a puddle of tears around myself thinking about them and what gifts they are to the Body of Christ and me in particular. They have and continue to give me so much, even without always realizing it.
I really need to get it together, I can hardly see as I type at this point, I keep crying. 🙂
What I love is that none of these men claim, by any means, to know it all, to have perfect theology or anything of the sort. They are simply real, honest, pure and nothing short of astoundingly amazing men of God who truly have His heart for His creation. They don’t try to be in or make spotlights or brands or names for themselves. They push others to become what and who God has made them to be and they do it with love. Russ gives you gentle but firm nudges. Dennis is more than ready to step aside and pass a mic, and Gary, if there’s ever a bus you want to be thrown under, it’s one he’s a part of. To say that I love them just feels so inadequate and minuscule, but I do, dearly love them all.
They are helping me to grow and learn and be more effective in the part of my walk with Christ that is to be in the “spotlight”. I am more than happy to sit off to the side, in the background but it’s not the easiest thing to do when you have a gift to sing and speak. One kind of has to be in the fore front for such things. 🙂 These guys help make that so much easier.
So, Lord, I declare lots of more over these beautiful men and their beautiful families. More love, more joy, more peace, more strength, more growth, divine health, supernatural wealth, all above and beyond for them. Go crazy, Abba, like only You can. Lavish them millions of times over with all that they selflessly give so many others. And, let me see it happen, just so I can laugh, cry, and rejoice with them. Thank you so much Abba. You are truly too much but at the same time, I can’t get enough of You!! ❤ ❤ ❤