Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Feb. Newsletter

A Christian Perspective:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:1, 2 (NLT)
We are running the race. We’re on a journey. Don’t give up. Rick Warren is quoted as saying “We must never become so enamored with methods that we lose sight of our mission and forget the message.” Imagine if Olympians became so involved with the methods of training, they forgot the focus was to do their sport – with the end in mind. Olympians have a goal – to win a medal.
I love this time of year. The 2018 Winter Olympics are being hosted in Asia. They have such sports as hockey, luge, skiing, curling, figure skating, speed skating and even bobsledding. Do you remember the movie: “Cool Runnings” (based on a true story)? The athletes put all their hope and efforts into medaling, in a small piece of gold, silver or bronze. The phrase: “The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.” Comes to mind.
The Christian journey is much like the Olympics. We have to train. We have a goal in mind. Our focus isn’t a medal, but our focus is keeping our eyes on Jesus. So how is your training coming along? Having a daily time with God? Reading the Word? Encouraged by God’s Family? Telling others about Jesus? If not, why not? Let’s get back our focus on Jesus.
See You Sunday,
“Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall have a beginning.”John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-90)

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