Good Folks, it is Friday, the first day of 2016. Oftentimes, resolutions for the betterment of lifestyles are made to begin today. That being said, I have had my share of successful and failed attempts at resolutions. So-much-so that in the last 27 years of ministry, I have lost 200 pounds of weight and gained it all back, and then some. I should try another approach.
I came across a poster while getting my hair cut recently. Like the Apostle Paul, this unknown artist made a list of resolutions/goals in life/etc. I will note just a few:
- Fall in love. [Again for the first-time]
- Dream big.
- Find a passion and pursue it.
- Be grateful.
- Learn more.
- Try new things.
- Work hard
- Follow your dreams. …
- Reminisce about the good old days but look with optimism to the future.
- And above all, smile, smile, smile and smile.
- Make every moment count.
The Apostle Paul has many lists in several of his letters. Here are but a glimpse of some:
- admonish the idlers
- encourage the fainthearted
- help the weak
- be patient with all of them
- See that none of you repays evil for evil
- but always seek to do good to one another and to all
- Rejoice always
- pray without ceasing
- give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you
- Do not quench the Spirit
- Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything
- hold fast to what is good
- abstain from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:14a-22)
Where do we begin in 2016 for First Church Duncanville? I believe that our future is bright and hopeful, and it takes the menagerie of all our gifts and abilities to genuinely fulfill our given purpose of mission and ministry. Because we are Christians, we are about the work of Christ. Because we live in community we have a great opportunity to invite folks to be involved in many creative ways in the community. Regarding both lists, try them both and see what happens.
This coming Sunday, Communion will be served, the Word of God shared and Sunday School classes will get back to a regular schedule. You are invited to invite. What we do makes a difference. Happy New Year!
Shalom, Pastor Frank