Thoughts from Our Pastor

We Can’t Wait for Life to Stop? Really?

Now we would never say that, for we all want to live a long and happy life. We all want to go to heaven, but none of us is in a hurry to go tomorrow. And yet, most of us are in a hurry for life to stop; indeed, we can’t wait for it to happen.

“When I get to high school, then I will be cool.” “When I graduate from college, then I’ll be ready for anything.” “When I finally get my dream job, then I will have it made.” And my personal favorite, “When I meet Mr. (or Miss) right, then we’ll get married and live happily ever after.”

When we say things like that, we are usually struggling to get somewhere or to accomplish something. And we think that when we reach our goal, when we graduate or get the job or get the girl, the struggle will be over, and we will finally be able to relax. We will finally be able to take it easy.

There is just one problem: life is struggle. Doing, achieving, advancing, relating, overcoming – they all make life interesting. And they all require struggle. Stop struggling, and we stop living.

We want to take it easy, but take it easy on the job, and you may lose the job. Take it easy in your marriage, and you may lose that marriage. Take it easy in life, and you may lose that life.

We call ourselves human beings, but God made us to be “human becomings.” And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image, II Cor. 3:18b, NLT. God wants us to spend our lives becoming more and more like Jesus at school, at work, at home, and in our marriages.

Let’s not settle for what we are; let us struggle to become more like Jesus. Then life will never stop.

 

To the Warriors in the Sunday School.

When you are thinking about teaching Sunday School, do you ever worry that you will mess up, that you will be misunderstood on something really important? Some folks let that fear keep them away from teaching all together.

A youngster came home from church on Easter Sunday. When his mom asked how was Sunday School, the boy replied, “I understood about Jesus but not about the flowers. Why was Christ a rose?”

Every communicator has failed to communicate. It happens. Fortunately, the Master Communicator continues to work after Sunday is over, and He is more than able to pick up the pieces of my miscommunication and to clear up any confusion that might arise. As communicators we do our best, but we have to trust God to do the rest.

Paul, a great teacher, wrote: I pray for you constantly, 17asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God, Eph. 1:16-17, NLT. We may teach, but God gives understanding.