November 14, 2023
Greetings in the Name that’s above every name!
Once again, as I write this letter, I can’t help but remember when I first began my pursuit of the calling God upon my life and what it was like to hear another seasoned minister share the word. Not only were they able to effortlessly articulate the scriptures (my first message lasted approximately 7 minutes) they had these amazing stories that went hand in hand to solidify what they had just taught. In fact, usually after hearing one of them speak, I found myself saying, “If only I had some of those stories.”
Well, I’m happy to say that after 40+ years of ministry, I have some stories. But what I didn’t realize and what I didn’t count on were the costs of getting them. Again, ministry is hard. In fact, this is the very thing that you find Elijah telling Elisha when he asks him for the double portion. There will be times when those you are ministering to are going to question the very things you teach. There will be other times when they get up and leave you for no apparent reason. There will also be times when you find yourself all alone and questioning the very call you went in pursuit of. But that’s the cost that comes with those stories.
So again, if you’re looking to be popular, if you’re looking for a membership at an area country club and the salary of a CEO, you might want to reconsider what it is that you’re pursuing. On the other hand, if your heart burns with a passion for a God who came to rescue, deliver and supernaturally restore broken lives, let me encourage you. You’re about to see and experience the most incredible stories you’ve ever heard.
In His Service,
Bro. Rick George
IFCA General Overseer