10-10-2019 – e-News

Busyness is a part of life. Still, there are times when everything can feel pretty overwhelming. Between preparing to have a second child, buying a house, packing up to move, raising a 2-year-old, and running a youth ministry, there are times where I feel as though for every one thing I accomplish, two more can take its place. Sometimes in these moments, I can give in to my frustrations and feel burnt out. Something that I have to remind myself over and over again is that God has a plan.
 
In Hebrews 10:22, Paul reminds us to “ … draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings … Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds … ”
 
These words can be hard to process when we feel overwhelmed. If you are anything like me, times when you feel burnt out are the worst times to spur someone else on. We can’t even spur ourselves on! But these truths remain, even when life is hard – when we’re waiting and preparing for what is next:
 
We must remember to draw close to Christ. We must remember to cling to his hope. We must remember to encourage one another along in our love and good deeds.
 
When Paul wrote these words, he was reminding the Hebrews that they needed to stay committed to their faith no matter what, because they knew it to be true. If we call ourselves Christians, we are claiming that we know Christ’s death and sacrifice to be true as well. Because of that, we have experienced a transformed life – meaning we continue pressing forward in our spiritual lives because we know that Christ is more important than anything else.
 
I know you would probably expect this analogy from Pastor Kenneth, not me – but, in running, there is a term called “hitting the wall.” It refers to when a runner experiences a sudden burst of extreme fatigue and feels as though they cannot continue onward. When life gets extremely busy and will not stop, it can be natural for us as humans to “hit the wall” and give up. As Christians, we are called to more than that. And through Christ, we can accomplish more than that! By holding unswervingly to the hope that we have in Christ, we are relying upon Christ to carry us through our busyness, our hardship, our hurt, and our struggles. And that is exactly how it should be.
 
When we fully rely upon the power of Christ in whatever we are going through, we can break through any wall we might otherwise hit. By encouraging and supporting one another both in and through our hardship, we remind each other of the one who is carrying us across the finish line.
 
Wherever you may find yourself today, whatever hardship you may feel, know that you aren’t alone. I am feeling pretty wiped out these days, too. But we can stand up, rely upon Christ, hold on to the hope He gives, and spur each other on towards bigger and better things.
Breaking through my walls,
 
Pastor Andrew
 
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