As I write this, the last of the leaves are clinging to the trees and the final votes have not yet been cast in the presidential election. Hopefully, by the time you read this, we will know who it is that will be guiding our country through the next four years.
Choices. We like having them, but sometimes the decisions that go with them are not easy to make. Paper or plastic? Beef or fish? Vacation or staycation? Red or blue? Sometimes our choices have very little consequence, but others can impact our lives for a long time.
Virtual meetings, virtual work, virtual church, virtual concerts, planning for virtual schooling, and last weekend, I attended a virtual wedding! I'm sure by now most of us thought we would be virtually done with all of this! While that may not seem like the case, every day brings us one step closer to getting back to normal.
I recently received a call from a friend of mine concerned about the issues of the days we are living in... and the church's response. These are indeed challenging (although by no means unprecedented) times. Ecclesiastes 1:9 is just as true now as it was when it was written thousands of years ago "...There is nothing new under the sun." The problems are the same–the only thing that has changed is the speed and distance at which we can communicate, which makes them seem bigger and more prevalent.
Can I ask for a favor? Will you pray for your pastor today? “Of course,” you say! “Why?” Because, believe it or not, he is facing one of the most difficult decisions of his ministry right now. The pressure is on to get it right.
Cornerstones. In our modern-day construction of wood and steel structures we don't hear much about them anymore. However, the cornerstone serves a crucial function in a masonry building. All other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.
"There's just not enough time in the day..." How often have you heard that phrase? How often have you said that phrase? The fact is, if there were 26 hours in a day, it still wouldn't be enough for most of us! Don't believe me? Do you realize you have an extra day this month? 24 hours that you did not have last year, and won't have for another 3 years. Yes, a leap year means that we will have extra time... and we'll still be amazed about how time flies!
They say that hindsight is 20/20, and yet as we enter the year 2020, we are looking forward to something we have not yet seen. It reminds me of Hebrews 11:1, which says that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Some of us are hoping that 2020 will be a better year, and others may find themselves quite content with how 2019 went, and would be completely satisfied if 2020 continued in the same way. Our perspective, just like hindsight, changes over time.