It’s been three years. The boxes have been unpacked—there’s no storage unit anymore! We went through those boxes. There were things we brought from Colorado that we were sure we would need or use again…some of those things went to Goodwill or Bethlehem’s Rummage Sales or even in the trash and the rest were put into use. We added on the house to make it ours. We just now painted that wall that has stared blankly at us. We’d been trying to decide what color would look best as we move forward.
We move forward at Bethlehem, too. In the past three years, I’ve discovered that some of ideas and experiences I brought from Colorado were useful and others I’ve been able to leave at the curb. We’ve replaced the roof to make the Community Center ours to use as we move forward into God’s call into ministry. Like that wall in our house, the old fellowship hall is waiting for the best plan for renovation as we move forward.
Paul wrote to the Philippians about moving forward: Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Yes, Paul is talking about his faith walk that will conclude in heaven. But, I think he is also talking about how we grow with each experi-ence to become more faithful followers of Jesus on this side of the grave, too. Read more . . .