Leaving is hard to do. I’ve invested thirteen years of my life in Church on the Hill. So, I’m leaving a part of my heart behind. I leave it with gratefulness, knowing my faith community will prevail.
I agree with what Bill Hybels often says: “The local church is the hope of the world.”
That said, the local church, a community of faith, must be focused on what it means to be a force of hope in a hopeless world. It’s easy to be distracted with all the stuff of the day, focusing on things that do not matter in the end.
In Philippians 3:12-14, the words, PRESS ON, define what it means to be a united force with a focused purpose. The few times I’ve seen Fire Fighters respond to an emergency depicts these words. They have faithfully read their manual, attended training sessions, participated in repeated drills, repaired and organized their gear and equipment. When the alarm sounds they’re ready to go, focused, refusing to be distracted with random thoughts:
“I hope there is a Starbucks drive thru on the way.”
“I need to make sure Suzy has a ride home.”
“I think we should go out to dinner.”
They are focused on their purpose, willing to risk their life every day. When they arrive at their destination, they enter the burning building as a team, assigned to specific tasks, ready to do what they need to do—together. It’s the picture of PRESSING ON.
I will miss my faith community; however, I know we will meet on this journey as we PRESS ON.
I am ready to do what God has next, studying the Word, using any and all resources to be stronger and better, focused on the purpose set before me, PRESSING ON, refusing to be distracted with the stuff that does not matter, bringing the message of hope to a hopeless world.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)