Good to Be Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Wayne, Indiana… Good To Come Back Home…
Home from the musical “The Wiz” by Charlie Smalls (Excerpted)
When I think of home
I think of a place where there's love overflowing
I wish I was home
I wish I was back there with the things I been knowing
Maybe there's a chance for me to go back there
Now that I have some direction
It would sure be nice to be back home
Where there's love and affection
And just maybe I can convince time to slow up
Giving me enough time in my life to grow up
Time be my friend, let me start again
Suddenly my world has changed it's face
But I still know where I'm going
I have had my mind spun around in space
And yet I've watched it growing
Living here, in this brand new world
Might be a fantasy
But it taught me to love
So it's real, real to me
And I've learned
That we must look inside our hearts
To find a world full of love
I have had a busy summer and was invited to spend some time with a dear friend and his wife in Fort Wayne, Indiana and get some well needed rest and relaxation. The last three weeks have been eye opening and life changing for me. I have had a chance to reflect on where my life has taken me since I graduated over 25 years ago from Fort Wayne Bible College.
Fort Wayne, Indiana is a place of "firsts" for me. My first elementary classroom, ministry job, condo and the opportunity to deal with challenges.
As I write this post I am filled with gratitude. My mind can't help but remember the tough but tender professors I had the privilege of being mentored by. These servant leaders would become role models for my academic and spiritual career.
I have fond memories of theater in the "Summit City". I loved going to the Civic to view their productions. My favorite show was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I have seen the show at least 14 times and I was able to see it for the 15th time.
This production was special to me because it featured a tremendous ensemble featuring Kontrell Tyler, Dana Bixler, Brad Davis and was under the masterful direction of Doug King. This would be the first time I would view an African American portray Joseph. Kontrell Tyler's Joseph was sensititive, humbly portrayed and had a playful side to him
Viewing Joseph for the fifteenth time allowed me to celebrate my belief that "what someone means for evil God means for good." The entirety of Christianity can be summed up in this verse. If we have the right attitude and see God as a loving Heavenly father that has our best interest at heart. He will be with us and transform us through anything we handle.
While in Fort Wayne... I was reminded that life is short. I was reminded that I need to love the people around me and let them know how I feel because you might never get that chance. I had four dear friends enter heaven in the same week with funerals on the same day. All of me friends were between 41- 54.
So Fort Wayne, Indiana thank you for being a place that will be filled with lots of great memories because of the many friends, former students who now are having their own children. I will always remember the life lessons that I learned here.
"If you want to be great in God's kingdom you need to be a servant of all...". Finally, in order for people to experience real transformation in their lives they need to come before the Lord with the desire and actions to want to change. Along with the desire and action to change, they need to turn to God in prayer, through the work of the Holy Spirit and His word and lastly, they need people who will encourage, affirm and hold them accountable.
Fort Wayne... It was Great to be back home... Thank You for the gift!!!