At church this weekend, we talked about “The Next Big Thing.” The next big thing that my church is working on, is a 12 month thing. The goal, from my church’s standpoint, is to bring me and my fellow church goers, closer to God.
That’s a great goal for a church, but I think the sermon went beyond the church.
The stuff that Pastor Cole said, applies to just about everything in life and not just church life.
Don’t just pray
One of the points that he was making was that you shouldn’t just pray about things. You also need to take action and do something about it. Which is very true. Any idiot can pray for more money, or pray for losing 50lbs, or whatever but you also have to take the associated action of either getting another job, cutting expenses or actually going to the gym and working out.
You just have to choose to do what needs to be done, and then do it. Just figure out a way to make it work.
The other thing that he said was that your past, does not define your future.
I think he meant it in more of a “don’t let the mistakes of your past affect your future” but I think it could also mean that just because your past was great, it doesn’t mean that your future will be great too. I know that’s a bit of a bummer, but it’s just as true.
Remember Al Bundy from the TV show “Married With Children?” He had a glorious past. In high school, he scored 4 touchdowns in a single game and then married the head cheerleader. All he did as an adult, was relive the glory days of his past, while working at a job he hated.
Stop waiting around and do something.
Being comfortable in affliction.
Pastor Cole told the biblical story of a man that had spent 38 years by the healing pool in Bethesda.
The guy had made excuses for why he was still there after that long. Cole asked if we thought that maybe the man had just become comfortable with his affliction. After waiting by the pool for 38 years, you would think that he had gotten comfortable there. He was so comfortable that he had done nothing to try to scoot closer to the water, or anything else that might help him get better.
How long have you been comfortable in your affliction?
Dump your excuses. Don’t wait around for someone else to do something, go out and get it done. If you need help, ask for help. Whatever happens, happens but remember that things won’t get better, unless you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone and start doing the needful instead of doing the comfortable.
What’s your next big thing?