Friday, 04 July 2014 01:42

Re-thinking the value of what really counts:

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what-really-counts...the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6 NIV)

After a recent speaking engagement, having completed my most eloquent message, I was abruptly "lovingly thumped" by these words from the Lord:

It doesn't matter so much how eloquent your words were, nor how splendid your content was, rather what really counts now is, did you love well?

To begin with, I really had enjoyed “the flow” while speaking that day, a sure sign of a job well done in my profession. Afterwards I was prepared to be approached, as I often am, by many adults wanting to discuss the intricacies of what I shared or possibly to speak with me on some other highly-important life issue, all things I look forward to.

But this time was different. I was instead approached by a ten-year-old wanting to discuss a popular video game called Minecraft, and how it applied to what I was sharing. I paused for a split second, thinking, “I have other, important adult things to do.” And then I re-thought, and believed the Lord was saying, “this IS the important thing.”  I realized this fifty-something-year-old man suddenly had rare and amazing entrée into a ten-year-old’s world.

Spending time with a child and entering his world was the most important thing in that moment. I understood it so much that I not only discussed with him the game’s application to what I had spoken on, I also watched not just one, but three videos on the topic on his phone. And all the while those important adults, who I just knew would need me, found other conversations, other confidants, and other people to share their time. In other words, they were fine without me.

Before I knew it I had five children surrounding me, little ones curling up in my lap, and one six year old behind me who discovered my bald spot and promptly notified me that I had a hole in my head. It was quite the teachable moment for this teacher. Had I not spent time with those children in that God-ordained moment, I really would've had a hole in my head that needed examining. Thankfully, I was able to re-think and really find the most important thing.

What mattered most in that moment, as in every other, was loving well.

(PS: Someone happened to take a photo of this, early on in the process, to which I will always hold in my heart.)

Todd Hadley

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Todd Hadley

Todd and Karon came to Charleston in 1998 in a denominational setting. There they began to have vision for church as we know it to change. The Lord placed people around them who were receiving similar revelation and who stood with them through the storms of doubt, disillusionment, and opposition. Out of this divine discomfort with institutional religion, the word came that the Lord was calling them to a new work. They realized they were in for quite a ride with Jesus.

Todd and Karon both grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and they were married in 1988. They have four children, Drew, Gabrielle, Hannah, and Lydia, all of whom worship and minister along side the whole of New Heart with the deep love of Christ.

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