February 22, 2012
Having never blogged before, I am intimidated by the recent call of the Holy Spirit to do so as my Lenten discipline this year. I have found lately that I am struggling to be the cool pastor that I want to be, especially with the limitations of time which prevent me from engaging in all of the wonderful ministries that I would like to provide for the people of my congregation. However, God seems adamant that I step out into foreign territory and challenge myself to go where I have not before.
Lent is observed for forty days to give us the opportunity to experience our faith through a different lens for a time. The forty days are long enough that if we choose to take something new on, we can form a new habit. As a fairly strong-willed person I have rarely encountered a problem making a change in my life if I decide that is what I am going to do. We all struggle in our own ways and with our own demons, but sticking with something I am committed to has never really been my problem. As that is the case though, I think it takes me much longer to decide to try something new so I don’t have to give up in defeat.
Defeat is not something I am comfortable facing. My favorite Bible verse probably reveals this about me: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4:13. I’m basically a “where there’s a will, there’s a way” kind of girl. I suppose that this is a quality that I received from God, and while it probably benefits me in many ways, it probably also becomes, at times, a stumbling block of its own.
Do you feel God inviting you into new territory? Do you hear God beckoning to you to break with the past or try something different? If so, come with me on this journey through Lent. We can walk together. We can lift each other up. God provides us with community so we can offer one another support. If I can be a pastor cool enough to blog for all to see on Summerfield’s website, think what God has in store for you! Consider your own strengths, those indelible qualities that may even at times become counter-productive. God gave you those as gifts, and wants you to use them. God will show you the way. Come, let’s start this journey together.