Reggie probably doesn’t remember this, but 10 years ago my wife and I had lunch with him at a conference put on by Kidz Blitz called Fresh Air. I was in my second year as a full time children’s pastor. That conference was the first time I heard Reggie share his passion for what it might look like to actively partner with parents. Reggie asked me tough questions about ministry, my church, and my calling. He challenged me to not settle for the easy answer or the status quo. That was a gamechanger for me. I remember going back to my room with my wife that night and bawling because his challenge awakened boxed up dreams and desires to help families become fully devoted to Christ and his Kingdom mission in this world. That moment shaped my approach to all that I’ve done.
Ever since then, I’ve had the deepest respect for Reggie. Over the past 10 years I’ve seen him continually grow and learn and practice the advice he gave me: not to settle for the easy answer or the status quo.
At the opening session of Orange 12, Reggie did it again! He didn’t back away from what he knew needed to be shared. He challenged each of us to admit to the messiness of the Gospel and live in the tension of that mess. (I’ll blog more about that in another post.)
Thank you, Reggie, for unknowingly being a mentor and gamechanger from afar.
There’s one more day of the Orange Conference left. It’s my hope to gather some other Gamechanger stories from people here and share them with you.
Have you had a gamechanger moment in your life? What was it? How did it change you?
GIVEAWAY FOR BLOGGER WEEK FEBRUARY 4-8, 2013!!! I am giving away a free registration for Orange 13! (This is just for your ticket to Orange. You’ll have to still come up with a way to get there and you hotel stay.) You have three ways to enter:
- Leave a comment with your gamechanging story;
- Share this post on your Facebook wall (be sure to tag me so I know); or
- Tweet about this post (be sure to include @henryjz in your tweet so I know)
All entries must be done by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on February 8, 2013. I will randomly choose a winner.