It’s the third month of the year and we’re Marching right in… Oh, how time flies!
Sometimes I wished maybe time would go slower… But trying to make time go slower is like trying to hold water in your hands. It just slips away… Before you know it, another day, week, month, year has gone by. Time is precious, and I want to make this year count.
So… How’s this year not going to be just another year past? What makes this year different from last? What’s so special about 2016?
Is it that gleaming new Macbook that boots in 0.3911 seconds faster than the old one?
Perhaps it’s discovering food eaten no longer magically disappears, but has begun to find residence on the tummy – burying the existence of any six-pack.
Maybe a relationship has ended, or a new one begun… Some have new additions to their family, while others have lost their loved ones.
All these changes in our lives are peripheral to our existence… What really makes me different from the past year? Will I be different if I hold on to my past victories and failures? Will I change if I cling on to the familiar fear and bitterness from yesteryear? No.
The only way to change things is to change myself. Take a walk into any bookstore and you’ll know it’s true… Shelves upon shelves of motivational and self-help books. Everybody wants to grow into someone better, a better version of themselves – whether in character or effectiveness – we have an innate nature to want to make our lives count. It’s time to grow, and we’ve got to take it.
During the message in Heart of God Church last weekend, Pastor Lia shared how “Change is Inevitable, but Growth is Intentional”.
That’s why I love going to church. It’s one of the ways I take time out every weekend to grow. The world around us is constantly changing, but every weekend I choose to learn, I choose to grow. Church is not just some emotional jing-a-ling feel good session.
Since the start of the 2016, Pastor How and Pastor Lia have put in so much time into preparing the messages. And I’m so thankful because each one pushes me and brings me further in my life. Each message helps me draw closer to God and being who I want to be. It’s not a repeated motivational talk, or get rich quick scheme. Every week’s message is carefully prayed and thought through, tailored to each of our lives.
The year started with PHD. When was the last time you did something for the first time? Are you still struggling with the same problems you were last year?
Then, Pastor How taught us about the difference between unbelief and disbelief. God is doubt-tolerant, but there is a difference between wanting and not-wanting to believe. But through it all, God is faithful to us.
Followed by Pastor Lia sharing with us that it’s a New Season in all of our lives. Don’t get stuck in the past! If you’ve felt like most part of your life has been a battlefield, it’s a new season – opportunity comes next. You don’t get what you want in life, but what you prepare for.
Oh, did I forget to mention we moved into the Imaginarium? That’s our new stage and auditorium. (:
More than anything, I love the presence of God found in His house.
Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
See you in church this weekend!