Earlier this week I was able to take our second oldest daughter on a college visit. When we arrived on campus, it became apparent to me, within a year and a half, she will be spending more time away from home than at home.
Even the thought of this inflicts pain….
We walked in and out of buildings for two hours with a guide talking about everything from college majors to the dining hall and everything in between. Then we met with the soccer coach and walked around to more places on campus and talked about everything from team chemistry to practice schedules.
When we finally landed back in the car headed towards home, I asked Sophia, “could you see yourself living there for four years.”
She replied, “well, I’m not sure…”
Searching for the best college fit isn’t easy, but one thing we know, time is not slowing down. That day she moves into college is coming fast…
And I am already dreading the feeling of helping her pack her things and then driving her off to college.
Life has these incredible ironies when we have to take steps of growth that are painful and the only way forward is to look beyond the pain toward the reward.
This Sunday, one of our New Life Elders, Jason Parr will continue our sermon series, “So all might believe” by teaching through John 19:1-16. These verses tell the story of Jesus after His betrayal and arrest while He stands before Pilate.
This is a moment of incredible pain with much more suffering to come. The only way Jesus would have stayed in the moment was to look ahead to the reward.
The writer of Hebrews put it like this, “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. 12:2).
I may not be looking forward to another kid going off to college, but I am really looking forward to this Sunday and I hope to see you at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity available) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am. If you want to catch up on our sermon series, you can watch last week’s sermon HERE.