submitted by UKCP Board Member and Leader Extraordinaire Rae Leigh Gonsalves
I admit to email rage.
Does that happen to you? You wake up or come home after work and you discover in your in-box is an email that makes your blood boil, your heart beat fast, and steam escape from your ears. And as fast as you can type you respond without thinking or (for sure) without prayer and send a scathing response. Oh no! Once sent (or said), you can’t get it back. That happened to me today. I read an email and instantly anger, hurt, and disappointment clouded my thinking and evil plans were hatched, scathing replies formulated. The Devil himself was proud.
We are called to be bigger than the world, to be set apart from worldly things and beliefs. This is a big challenge. It is so easy to just respond without thought, to bring pain for the hurt received or perceived. To just be like everyone else. A favorite song of mine by Petra says “We are strangers, we are aliens, we are not of this world.” I like this lyric because it reminds me that my home, my heavenly home, is not of this world. All the things we aspire for in this life as Christians aim to help lead ourselves and others to this heavenly home, the one not of this world. If I am not of this world, why should I want to be like it?
I know I don’t always live up to those expectations. There are times I am just like everyone else. I struggle with this – and if I struggle, I’ll bet you do too. Here is what God’s Word says:
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Hebrews 12:1-3 THE MESSAGE
I can’t wait to see all of you at the finish line.
GO TEAM JESUS!!