Pastor’s Corner Nov 10, 2021 “Lakeview Rising”

Pastor’s Corner – “Lakeview Rising”

Sometimes it can seem that everyone else is doing better than you.  Everywhere you seem to look people appear happier, more successful, wealthier, healthier, stronger, further along, and more assured.

But if we spend our lives wanting to be someone else, we will always be a pale version of who we were made to be. Remember this: comparison is a thief. This thief is in the mind, and it seeks to steal your joy.  Lining ourselves up against other people is a one-way ticket to anxiety and failure.  Thankfully, there is a better way.  We are called to see ourselves as pilgrims here on earth, the ones who are just passing through with a clear calling on our lives. Our All-Saints service reminded us of all of this.  We are to make sure that we move away from any view of comparison.

I was reading in Philippians Chapter 2.  It calls this generation warped and crooked. (NIV) The message version focuses on our purpose, or our being sent out.

Go into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message in the night. (MSG)

If you want a better life, focus on God and not on comparisons.

Live a life of integrity, power, calm, and love. Give strength to the weak and support the sick. Bind up the injured. Search for the lost and show people your kindness. This is our way. This is our purpose.  This is Lakeview Rising.

Until the nets are full,

Chris

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