On Mondays, I take some time off in the morning to relax and enjoy a Sabbath. When the weather is nice, I sip coffee on the front porch, catch up on my Bible reading and have some extended time for prayer.
After a while, I get tired of sitting and then turn my attention to yard work. This is a great change of pace for me for many reasons:
- It’s good for me to sweat and get my hands dirty
- My mind slows down while working outside
- I love to see progress
This past Monday, I chose to trim the bushes in the front of our house. It’s amazing what a few hours of work can do…As I was finishing up the yard work, a friend stopped by and complimented me on the lawn.
Immediately, I asked if he noticed how good the bushes looked…and he replied they looked good but he couldn’t remember what they looked like before.
And this is precisely why I took a picture….
It’s easy to see change when you contrast the before and after…but sometimes we can lose sight of our progress.
As a pastor, I love working with people, however, progress can sometimes be hard to notice. This is nothing new…Jesus spent about three years with the disciples and a close look at their behavior would make almost anyone question whether there was any progress at all.
The closest friends of Jesus abandoned Him.
And though their abandonment seemed like a dark valley, it was a poignant reminder of the difference the Resurrection would make in their own lives. Because only days after the Resurrection, the disciples and friends of Jesus regrouped, the Holy Spirit descended and were transformed into the foundation for the church.
And this same Resurrection can change our lives too. If you are struggling to see progress when you look in the “spiritual mirror” I hope you will come on Sunday to be encouraged and challenged. Gabor Gresz will be preaching from John 17:1-5. In these verses, just before His crucifixion, Jesus confirms His identity, goal, power, and offer of salvation.
I hope to see you at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.