In five years…

I sent an email to someone this morning recalling some time we spent together 5-7 years ago.  A lot has happened in our lives the last 5-7 years.  And I am always aware that a lot will happen in the next five years and that time is ticking.  Five years ago I assumed I had at least a few more years in Mason.  It turned out I only had one more year before I would get the call that would send us to Short Gap.  Sometimes I get out our conference journal and look at amazement at my journey as a pastor in the last 10 years.

Some of the best advice I received when I became a pastor was that as a pastor, you must invest and immerse yourself in where you are.  I was told that some pastors fall into the “what’s next trap” also known as “working your way up the ladder.”  They play it safe where they are, not daring to rock the boat and risk taking on water, because they have their focus on their next pastoral job.

This is an ironic post for me to write three days after Easter.  My Easter sermon was about defining ourselves by where we are headed (heaven with Jesus) and not where we are (this tough world).  If you are in a tough spot, what can get you through it is the hope of a better day.  This really struck a chord with people: “In Christ, knowing where you will end up will get you through where you are, especially when where you are is not where you would ever choose to be.”

Yet, there is something to be said for today, even if you are going through tough times.  Today is necessary for tomorrow to occur.  And God is not just a distant being waiting for us in Heaven, but through His Holy Spirit wants to be involved in our lives today.  He is there for you, here for you, right now… today.





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