Senate confirmation hearing.
Senate confirmations hearings are not my typical prime time entertainment. I wasn’t really watching, but the hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch was on. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb) asked a question that was potentially one of the best questions I have ever heard at such a hearing.
“When you look back on your career, how will you know if you were a good judge?”
Gorsuch said he seeks that same kind of reflection from his students when he asks them to write their own obituary. It’s not about how large your bank account is, or how many cases you win, he said. It’s about how you treat people along the way. Gorsuch said he would like to be remembered as kind and mild in private life, and dignified and firm in public life (paragraph copied from abajournal.com).
It was a politically safe answer, but I doubt that it was what he would have told his children if they asked him the same question.
What about you? How would you answer the same question? Considering your career, your calling, your family, your service to your local church – in 30 years, how will you know if you did a good job?
Here are a few things to consider:
- Who ultimately determines if you were successful or not? Is it history, co-workers, family, or your Creator?
- What is your purpose? How have you grown toward fulfilling that purpose? What is the gap between where you are and where you could be?
- To what degree should material gain factor in to your evaluation of success? To what degree should intangibles (respect, integrity, love) factor in?
This sort of question deserves more than a quick answer. Take some time, sit back, pray, dream, contemplate – but do yourself a favor and answer the question.
TwoMinutesOfTruth.com was inspired while I was listening to an interview with Morgan Spurlock. The comment was made that –
“Anyone will watch a single round of boxing, if it’s good enough – they will watch the entire fight.”
The idea came to my mind that I should capture short, 2 minute clips from sermons so that they can be easily shared on social media. Simple as that.
Dr. John Piper has often said, “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do — sometimes sentences.”
I would say that the same is true for sermons – while every word of a sermon is important, it is typically a single illustration or statement that makes it unforgettable. TwoMinutesOfTruth.com is about identifying and capturing those moments in a way that can be easily shared.
With the help of digital technology, teaching ministry in no longer limited to a weekend experience. Here are a few ways you can fold our teaching into your everyday life:
- The Maximum Life Podcast – Features weekly sermons going back to 2012. I recommend the Overcast App for downloading podcasts – https://overcast.fm
- Zach Terry YouTube Channel – Features videos from the weekend sermons at Capshaw. Make sure to subscribe with your google account so that you will be updated when new content is added. http://www.youtube.com/zaco76
- Instagram – Each week I will post an image or two that reminds you of the main idea from the previous week’s message – instagram.com/zachterry
- Twitter – I schedule tweets to go out from the notes of Sunday’s sermon throughout the week. twitter.com/zachterry
- Blog – I post to zachterry.org any time new materials come along that will allow you to dig deeper or reinforce what we are learning. It is a great compliment to the podcast and youtube channels.
Those are just a few of the ways you can fold the teaching ministry of Capshaw into your daily life and go further faster.
This year I am partnering with Robby Newton at GoodNewsforGuys.com to encourage men to participate in the New Man Challenge.
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