Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Quite a Summer...

Well, with a few small exceptions, the past couple of months have been filled with some pretty good stuff. It was good to have Steph back for a visit with Josh. Several weeks of unusually hot weather will make the damp winter a bit easier to bare. We finally have a tent trailer (approx. 15 years later than our children would have liked - sorry about that) to do some camping in. The summer got off to a great start with the church camp-out. I have to say that I had more fun then I expected. It seems I never am disappointed when I get to spend more recreational time with those in the body of Christ - you guys rock (pun intended).
God seemed to set a good tone for me beginning in June when we joined with City Church in Prince George for their training time with Rigby Wallace. I continue to pour over the notes, recalling some of the things that God impressed on me then. As so often happens for me at venues like this, I will receive a teaching while learning a new song. The song in this case was "God of this City" and the impressions that stuck - becoming the city of God within the city of Terrace. So now, when I consider this challenge, I hear the song playing in my head. Here is a quote that resonates with me for obvious reasons: "The people of God will have more when the elders write a line in their diary that says 'we're going for more!'"
It seems that God is talking to the church, certainly to my own heart, about what the gospel is and how it did
not loose its daily relevance even though I've embraced Christ as my Lord. How much more desperate am I now to be governed by it and changed by it. My decision to follow Christ and the eternal reward are, in a sense, book ends (not to minimize eternity) to the life I now live; salvation that God asks me to walk out with fear and trembling. What are we going to do with our lives now? Will we allow God to make them count??
It has been good to have a bit of a rest and some physical renewal this summer but the thing I like about this time of year is that we come together often with a renewed sense of purpo
se and hopefully, rested bodies. We look forward to getting back to some things that, perhaps are familiar, but also the new things that are coming up over the horizon that God has planned for us. I can't wait...