Friday, September 12, 2008

Turtle on a Fencepost

So I am standing on a stage this morning behind the Rev. Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, asked to say a prayer for this great man on the occasion of Regent University's 30th Anniversary. There was a special edition of the 700 Club shot on location at Regent today. All I could think was "I've watched this man on TV since I was a kid--what do I have to say? But then I realized that as inconsequential as I felt, I was a realization of Pat Robertson's dream. Dr. David Gyertson was one of the original seven faculty and staff members of Regent. (then CBNU) But more importantly to me, he has been my pastor. As I learned God's truth from him, I sensed a call in my own life to spread the word of God.

Over the administration building of Regent is emblazoned a verse:

"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."

These words of St. Paul to Timothy represent the call to recruit world class faculty who in turn entrust their knowledge and wisdom to students, who in turn become "Christian Leaders to Change the World."

Truth is, all of us wonder some time or another if God could ever use us. Lord knows I ask myself that question most every day. But clueless, mistake-prone clods such as myself are exactly the kind of folk God has chosen to spread his word and His work around the world.

One of my other mentors, Dick Woodward, would often say, "If you see a turtle on the fencepost, you know one thing for certain--he didn't get there himself." Amen. Thank you to Pat Robertson and all the faculty and staff of Regent University for a great 30 years. I am proud to serve here, as a turtle on a fence post--waiting to see what God will do next.


Peter said...

I love that thought. My wife and I very much feel that way with our families, and we've talked about it often. I think the hard thing for us and many others (and not just in our generation) is when God asks you to go a slightly different direction from those who helped you get on the post! It's a fine line to walk... obeying God's unique call without breaking away from your heritage. I think that's a struggle for many here at Regent... I've heard many simply acquiesce to ridiculing their heritage for reasons they couldn't coherently explain.

I say all that to express a thankfulness to give us a mental picture of where we are and how we got there. Thanks!

kiddrev said...

I appreciate the feedback. And believe me, I have been one confused turtle many times over. (Is this really my post? Weren't you thinking of a different post Lord? Let me just help you by moving myself AAAAAAAAAAAggggggggh - the sound of a falling turtle)

blessings to you and yours.