From 2010-2015 I served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Conroe, Texas. In looking back over those years, we have much for which we are grateful – membership growth, attendance, baptisms, adding two additional services, record offerings, programs, hiring of new staff, and the renovation of six buildings. But it was something else we did that I suspect few in the church even think about that might be our greatest achievement. And it was something that will outlive every member of the church.
We had a beautiful downtown campus, but we were landlocked. Limited parking would hinder future growth. So I approached the county judge and made an offer – $100,000 cash for a 100-year lease on the county’s three-story parking garage across the street from our property. The country accepted our offer, and our parking problem was solved for the next 100 years.
That’s also how it works in recovery. It’s the things you do that few will even notice that will pay the greatest dividends.
Recovery Step: Plan well, then trust the God who promises, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).