At Kerith Community Church, we often have visitors on a Sunday. That’s exciting, but normal. However, this year we have played host to what seems like hundreds of guests during the week for various meetings, conferences or events. This week was no different, as we hosted a New Frontiers ‘Frontier Project’ team to do some theology training.
This group is close to my heart; a few years ago I was a part of this project, only with a different group of people. Annie was a part of that group. She was with this group of people when she died. Consequently, there is something about the frontier project that is etched into my heart, and although I have very little to do with the running of it (a fantastic lady called Sue is responsible for it), I want these new guys to feel honoured and served well. With people like Sue on the team, this is not something I worry much about.
I was a little overwhelmed by the comments of a few from the training about our buildings and the way we ‘do’ things. It was so enthusiastic; so positive. I heard some people making a few passing comments, like ‘imagine what it must be like to play on that stage! That would be amazing!’ and a few other kind remarks. This week reminded me how blessed I am to be a part of this community.
The thing is, I’m always looking forward. I’m always pushing towards where I want to be. I see churches like Willow Creek, Elevation and Hillsong and desperately want to have the resources that they have, to worship with as many people as they do. Imagine what it must be like to lead on that stage! That would be amazing! Imagine being able to tour the world, engaging with people from every continent in a corporate response to all He has done for us. That would be a dream come true.
I look at what those churches have for so long that I begin to focus on what my church doesn’t. I look forward and forget to look back.
The reality is that many of us are like this. We spend so long looking at what we don’t have that we forget the incredible blessings that we do have. This is true in most areas of our lives – it’s certainly true for me in my finances, my social life and my job. Our challenge is to be content in any and every situation…no small task. I pray that God reminds me regularly that I am phenomenally blessed, and keeps me grateful for it. Always!
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.