Every Sunday with the exception of the one Sunday I was returning from a trip to Chicago and got picked up by an ex-boyfriend who decided to take that opportunity to once again become my boyfriend, resulting in quite a sentimental evening…I have loyally attended the Journey church service! whew, what a run-on!
In any case, the point being that I want to share this past week’s sermon with ya’ll! It was amazing! My roommate and I kept staring at each other, mouths agape, as each sentence seemingly spoke to us directly and with such truth! We were floored and I think I’m going to get a copy of the sermon and attach it next week for ya’ll!
So, here’s a quick synopsis to tide ya over for the time being though!
BEGIN MY DAY WITH GOD:
Pastor Kerrick spoke about statistics stating that the average American spends 13 years in front of the television, 11 years traveling, years eating, years sleeping and so on and so forth.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7
Basically, what we spend time doing each morning affects the rest of our day and if we dedicate time to increasing our faith, we will be effectively decreasing our anxiety.
INVEST DAILY IN ETERNITY
You can’t count on people or circumstances around you, you can only count on your reaction. If you invest in people, you will reap the results.
“The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed”-Proverbs 11:25
The pastor gave a very poignant illustration at this point of how we can, indeed, invest in others. He had two buckets, each filled with water, one labeled “me” and the other labeled “others.” This represented how we start each morning, filled with energy, represented in this skit, by the water. With a ladle, he depicted how many of our days usually unfold. We probably rush out of the house each morning and rush to work…in this case, just missing our train…in went the ladle, out went a bunch of water (energy). Then, we might end up sitting next to a not-so-fragrant fat man…out goes another ladle-full of energy. Then, we get to work late only to find out that the project we did the night before was done wrong, thus, needing to be re-done…out goes another ladle-full of energy. We go through a grueling work day and come home to find a sink-full of dishes…another ladle-full! By the end of the night, we come home with an almost-empty bucket and whoever we come home to is probably not much better off. What do we automatically do? Reach into each other’s buckets and try to suck the water/energy from the other person for ourselves.
This will basically never work…the only way to add to our own is to add to others…the rest will take care of itself. So, to rewind a bit and apply that principle, when we come home from horrible day to face the sinkful of dishes, we don’t yell at the other person, we unselfishly do it. As a result, God will fill our bucket back to overflowing!
ENJOY A LIFETIME OF BENEFITS:
We need to learn to not hold on so tightly to all of God’s blessings, but rather pour our lives out to Christ and others. Just pour it out and trust that God will take care of us! Then, effectively, we will be replacing fear with faith and worry with peace.
“Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.”
I know that this synopsis does not do the message any justice…it’s a bit choppy and vague, but I will have the actual sermon next week. What I got out of it, however, was that we just basically need to give freely, selflessly and with faith that by doing so, we will actually gain so exponentially that it would be more than we could ever do on our own…because it is only, only through God.
I think of all the times when I try do things of my own accord, by my schedule and according to my own timeline. I’m a busybody and hate wasting time, so “pouring my life out” does not usually fall into the priority list. But as I really think about it, as busy as I might be and as much as try to do on my own, I hardly make a dent. So, now I wonder, what if? What if I just put everything in God’s hands…let him lead the way and call the shots and mold my path. I just need to do my job right once he let’s me know what it is. What a relieving realization! We should all try it =)