I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see …
John Newton is the famous author of the beautiful song “Amazing Grace.” He was a former captain of slave ships who became a pastor and then worked to oppose the slave trade.
Here is a delightful and encouraging thought from Newton about his own journey. I hope it inspires, encourages, and motivates you.
I am not what I ought to be.
I am not what I want to be.
I am not what I hope to be.
But still, I am not what I used to be.
And by the grace of God, I am what I am.
Be sure to read Paul’s words on his own experience of not being what he wants to be, but no longer being what he was (1 Corinthians 15:10). All of his hard work is love-inspired and grace-empowered. Read Philippians 3:1-14 for a longer reflection by Paul on his spiritual journey.
Grace and hope to all of you,
Having the ability to empower and resource leaders to bear much fruit that lasts. Being a part of a team of friends and missional servants committed to changing the world.