Pastor's Corner - May 26th
We live in a world that prides its self in ingenuity and progress. There is an obsession with being cutting edge and moving forward. But a heavy focus on the future can come at the expense of learning from the past. Our culture does little to appreciate the advice of those who have gone before us. Thankfully God’s Word bucks this trend: “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:32). In the church each person has a part to play and God placed elders in our midst to mentor, encourage and advise us. Those living in their “Twilight years” still have so much to offer to the family of Christ.
One of my favorite youth workers (who was in his 70s at the time) would often joke, “I’m getting to old for this _______.” But he also knew that we never retire from the work of God’s kingdom. In fact the Holy Spirit enables “old men [and women] to dream new dreams” (Acts 2:17). As Frank Sinatra put it, “Fairy tales can come true. It can happen to you if you're young at heart.” The Spirit empowers every disciple (regardless of age) to believe that God makes all things new, which means we are never too old to participate in the ministry of the Lord. Jesus can teach “old dogs new tricks!” The “autumn years” can actually be a season of newness. A time to be born again. So may you embrace the “golden years” like a child of God.
This week let’s honor, listen and learn from those who have gone before us. Let’s remember how the Lord used our elders in his great plan to spread his love and truth throughout the earth. Let’s never grow too old to believe that God makes all things new. Which includes me and you!
We Are on Week Four...
We are on week four of my series on: The Five Lessons I Have Learned About Being a Rebel. I'll review my previous points first:
Lesson ONE – rebels who are remembered (for goodness sake), are not just against things as they are, they are diligently giving themselves to things as they should be.
Lesson TWO – the best rebels understand that respecting all people is fundamental in the pursuit of any goal, and under the Christian banner, love might even demand that we honor the “opposing” person over and above the cause.
Lesson THREE – a passionate rebel must be persistent in the cause and patient with the people who don’t feel it as deeply as the rebel does. The rebel still needs them. If you’re the rebel – don’t alienate people. Lead them.
Lesson four is about raising the rebel’s awareness of how they come across to other people. The rebel thinks to themselves, “I have good intentions. I am just trying to change things for the better. Why are people so resistant to my ideas?” They are genuinely surprised when they hear about how they make people uneasy. Rebels tend to forget that we judge ourselves by our intentions, but other people judge us according to our actions (Stephen Covey).
Truth is, rebels really do make other people nervous, because rebels are seen as people who want to change “everything.” That’s not far from the truth. Rebels are regularly talking about the things that need to be changed – with passion. That is what gets the rebel excited. That is what they feel called to do. Therefore, people can come to believe that “change” is the rebel’s entire agenda.
It’s therefore incumbent upon the rebel to regularly affirm the things that are good that already exist, if they want to be heard on the things that need to be adjusted.
Lesson FOUR – strategically, it is essential for rebels to authentically affirm what does not need changing before advocating for the things that do need changing.