The teen lost a contact lens while playing basketball in his driveway. After a fruitless search, he went inside and told his mother the lens was nowhere to be found. Undaunted, she went outside, and in a few minutes, she returned with the lens in her hand. "How did you find it, Mom?" the teen asked. Mom: "We weren't looking for the same thing. You were looking for a small piece of plastic. I was looking for $150." What we look for determines what we find.
Acts 20:24:“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
After a life of pursuing wealth, fame and power, Paul was on a new hunt. He was committed to honoring and obeying the Father at all costs. What are you looking for? Are you looking to build up or tear down? Are you looking for ways to serve in the future or preserve the past?
2016 has been an interesting, exciting, challenging year that I’ll never forget. I’ve learned so much and once again have come to realize that I have so much to learn. Yes, there’s been a lot of change, but instead of dwelling on the changes, focus on the motivation: we are committed to honor and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. You have a staff that genuinely wants to obey the command to make disciples of all nations. We have a heart for our community, so we continue to look for space and leadership in our discipleship efforts. We continue to look for ways to reach out and minister to our community like we have with God’s Table and hope to with God’s Garden. We continue to make missions a priority in our lives and church by providing opportunities for our members to be involved in local and international missions. From Gracias, Honduras, to Matamoros, Mexico to HWY 455, we want to go wherever the Lord leads us to go and work with Him where He is working. From our new hour of Connection Bible Study to our home Growth Groups, we are committed to making disciples.
So, what are you looking for? If you’re looking for entertainment, you might find a little, but that’s not why we do what we do. If you’re looking for fulfillment, there are opportunities to serve and we’re here to help. If you want your life to make a difference, just make yourself available! God is making a difference through several of our ministries, but you’ll not find much fulfillment outside of a surrendered life. Give Him your heart and He will fill it, …. to overflowing. This is 2016’s last newsletter, so Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and thank you for the opportunity to serve the Lord with you here at FBC Sanger.