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Walking our faith in new days and new ways

 

One thing you can count on, when you put your trust in Christ and turn your life over to him, things are going to change. 11 Corinthians 5:17 pretty well spells that out. But how do we really feel about change? I read this in a devotional the other day, “it is easy to make an idol of routine, finding security within the boundaries you build around your life.” How very true this is for some of us. A young person will usually welcome change as long as it doesn’t demand too much or doesn’t appear to be boring. But we seasoned persons don’t really like change, do we? We’ve worked long and hard through our lives, seen so much change, and we’re finally able to feel secure in our own little “bubble of predictable.”

Predictable though is not truly what it seems, that is certain. As much change as we have seen, much more is occurring, and at a faster pace. Each new day brings new challenges, we must decide how we intend to deal with them. Are we willing to accept the challenge and try a different way of doing things? Has what we’ve been doing brought us so much joy that we just want to sit there in the routine? Or have we considered that there may be something new to challenge us and perhaps bring a greater unpredictable satisfaction, if we will only break from the mundane sameness?

We’ve heard a lot in the last few years about that “bucket list,” things we would like to do before we die. I suppose in a lot of ways we all have one of those, maybe they just aren’t written down somewhere. I’ve decided to scrap my list. I think God has a better one for me now. I can’t imagine what his next challenge for me will be but I don’t think it will be anything boring.

More than likely it’s something I’d never have thought of, or ever expected. I think he wants me to stretch until I can’t reach any further and rely on his strength all the way.

A few years ago I was given a survival kit in a plastic bag. It contained a Marble -- so you won’t feel as though you’ve lost yours. A Rubber band -- to stretch yourself beyond the limits. A Balloon -- for when you’re about to pop. A String -- to tie things together when they are falling apart. A Chocolate Kiss -- for a reward. Christ can be our Survivor Kit if we’ll let him. And Psalm 73:23-24 speaks of our assurance that He will hold our hand through each new challenge and our final reward will be the greatest change, beyond our imagination.

If you are currently unchurched, we at First Baptist want to encourage you to try something new. Visit with us on Sunday morning when we gather for Praise and Worship. The most predictable thing is the times of our services, one at 8:10 a.m., and one at 10:45 a.m. Beyond that there may not be a lot of routine, but we do try to maintain our start times. It is predictable that the message you’ll hear will come from the Word of God, to challenge us as well as provide us with confidence in His guidance. You may leave with a new Survival Kit.

Visit our website, www.fbc-people.com, for more information about us and our scheduled activities and special events. Have a great week and give God the glory!

 
 
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