New Article: Faithful to the End

My latest article from Boundless is now online:

Sitting across the table from my 96-year-old great-grandmother is always a joy. It doesn’t take long to realize she was once a fiery redhead, even beneath the faded beauty.

She smiles wide when I tell her that I’ve decided to be a pastor. I smile back.

See, my great-grandma grew up in a small town in Illinois, went to Bible school and married a pastor. She and my great-grandfather served in churches from Mississippi to Maryland. Her stories range from the hilarious to the somber and depressing.

I took a sip of my tea as she told me another funny story with that twinkle in her eye.

When she finished her story, I couldn’t help but ask her about the hard times. Her face darkened as the months and years of difficulty and sorrow flashed through her mind. Their house had burned after a church service. I could imagine my great-grandmother being dragged away from the wreckage as she watched through tears all that she owned burn to the ground.

“But you know what, Tim? It couldn’t have been better for us,” she told me. “We kept serving, and that tragedy brought us closer to the community. We ended up in an even better house.”

Hardly anyone knows my great-grandmother. She does not command attention when she enters a room. She is frail and forgetful. But I wouldn’t dare for a moment say that this woman was not used by the Lord in incredible ways.

She stands as a spiritual giant in my mind, despite her lacking résumé and speaking schedule.

The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:27 that “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things — and the things that are not — to nullify the things that are so that no one may boast before him.”

Read the rest here.

4 responses to “New Article: Faithful to the End”

  1. Levi Crevier says:

    This was a great article. I’ve always dreamed of being a world changer, but I don’t think I’m famous enough or smart enough to change anything. I totally agree with that what we need is more plodding visionaries. I desire to be a plodding visionary too. Thank you for this post, you write beautifully!

    • Tim Sweetman says:

      I really appreciate that Levi. Very encouraging! Keep serving the Savior my friend, be faithful in the small things!

  2. Daniel Gilman says:

    Agent Tim! I’ve been blessed by your writing since the Rebelution’s blogspot days, but I haven’t seen anything of yours for quite some time. I just saw your post at and I am very very encouraged by it! Back when I first came across the Rebelution, I dreamt so much of being involved in world changing stuff. And since then I have been able to be involved in all sorts of great and wonderful hard things – I am grateful for it. BUT more and more my conviction has become more grounded in the call to faithfulness. The number one question I used to ask older godly people was how to be effective in making an impact in society. But now my number one question, and my most common prayer is about faithfulness. Your article helped me process this further and expressed all this in such an excellent and helpful way. Thank you!

  3. Tim Sweetman says:

    Thanks Daniel. Encouraged by that.

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