“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2a
The Journey We are all Called to….
On Thursday, January 28, my daughter, Katie headed back to Auburn. This trip to Auburn was different in that she would soon be flying to South Africa for a study abroad semester. She would not be back with us until the first week of May. Obviously, she has been gone for periods of time. This slightly over three month separation was different in that we would not be able to see her at all. She will be living and studying on a different continent! Katie told me not to be glum because South Africa is not really that long of a plane ride, the thinking of college students.
While I was depressed on Thursday with a long good-bye, I began to think about how the Christian Life is a journey. As I read and listened to God for that day in my Barnabas weekend prayer book, I had a further thought, the life of a church is also a journey. What is it about travelling that we enjoy? When we travel we are able to see new things and have new experiences. There is a trade-off here, to enjoy these new realities, one must also embrace change. Travelling always involves change. Some of the changes are simple, like a change of location. Others like a change of time zone, even crossing the international dateline are changes of major consequences. Why do we endure these changes? We want to have the new experiences.
As I have thought about the upcoming Barnabas weekend, I can see we will need to embrace change. I have studied the surveys that you shared with me. There are some clear requests for growth in our church that you want. I believe we can do it. There is that one trade-off. We will have to make some changes. Going back to my travelling analogy, we don’t mind the change to get where we want to go. I believe that is what our Lord is saying to us as church and as individuals. Do you want to have some exciting fruit in your lives? Take on the change and we will see how faithful our Lord is!
God Bless, Brother Dave