One of the realities of life is that we don’t have unlimited time. I have reached the point in my life where there are fewer years on this earth left ahead than there are behind, and it’s causing me to look at things in a different way. When I was young, death was something that was real and not real at the same time – although it was always a dim threat there behind the scenes, it didn’t impact my day-to-day very much because I had time. In my twenties, it seemed to me that I had been alive a long time – knowing that I likely had that long again [several times over, in fact] meant nothing was that vital.
The older I got, the faster time went. It makes you look at things in a different way, a very different way. It sounds like a cliché, but it’s really true – things that used to seem important fade to the background. The reality is that very few things are as big of a deal as we make them out to be – our biggest failures go unnoticed by most people, and our biggest accomplishments just won’t impact things that much after we’re gone…with one exception.
Pointing people in the direction of Christ. That’s the one driver. It starts with our family, and then we radiate that message out into the world. It’s our life mission – all of us, not just church staff. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying you need to be “productive” in ministry every moment of every day. God doesn’t ask that of us. He simply asks us to love him, be faithful and help others to know of his love. So let’s refocus this weekend – I am praying for you as I type these words. Pray for each other – for strength, wisdom and the power to impact through prayer, songs, words – and example. #creativeworshipideas