We all need them. Some people write on their hands, some people use apps on a phone, some post-it notes around the house- but we all need reminders. Reminders are helpful because they typically lead us to intentional action. When we remember to buy some milk, we tend to walk into a store and buy it. Good reminders lead to positive action.
I believe God gives us reminders too: reminders of who He is, what He can do and who He’s made us to be. God gives reminders of what really matters. This past Sunday night was one of those reminders for me. I stood in front of a lake and watched as person after person went under the water. I prayed prayers of blessing over 28 different people and watched those 28 be baptized in front of a crowd of over 300 people. And as I reflected, I was reminded: this is why I do what I do. Each person had a different story, but every story included the intersection of a life with the life of Jesus. Jesus had changed everyone of them. This was not just some outward religious ritual – this was real people who experienced real change and who were looking forward to more transformation in the days to come. That is powerful and that is why I love my job!