Sunday, October 10, I will preach again at Maple City Chapel. I would love to have you join us online or in person if you don’t have a place to worship!
As a church, we are reading through the Bible this year. Our sermon series have loosely followed the reading and right now we are wrapping up a series on the book of Acts entitled Defining Moments.
As I prepare to speak, I pause to consider the defining moments of my life. What stands out as pivotal in who I am as a person? As a follower of Jesus? As a wife and mother? Do I like the trajectory of my life? What adjustments do I need to make?
Major events such as death, marriage and the birth of my children jump to the top of the list. Certainly those were defining moments for me. Other moments less obvious come to mind as well. The time I fought with my sister when I was in junior high, not being chosen for Honor Society in high school, the relationship that fell apart my senior year — all of these helped me make choices that determined who I am today.
As I prepare to speak, I ask myself if I am where I want to be? Have I achieved? No! I sure am not where I want to be; I haven’t achieved my goals. But there is one thing I know and Apostle Paul says it best!
12I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.Philippians 3:12-14
It’s wise to have a target. It’s wise to check the trajectory of life. It’s even wiser to remember that, this side of heaven, we will not reach perfection (maturity). So, forget the past and press on to the future. Reach for the prize!
May your weekend be blessed with God moments all around and may your worship be true and from the heart!