We begin a new focus for worship and teaching
starting this Sunday, as we pursue God's direction
in our lives and in our church community.
I have fallen in love with wilderness hiking. There is little more life-giving to me than getting into the back country and trying out a path that I've never hiked before. I love the experience and I love just as much the preparation of pouring over maps, reading blogs of those who have been on a path I want to hike, and gathering the necessary supplies. I've learned by hard experience that taking the time to find and mark a path before walking blindly into the wilderness is time well spent!
Sometimes, however, in spite of the all the preparing I've done, it is not always easy to stay on the path. Sometimes, getting off course has been entirely my fault. I just was not paying attention and missed a turn. Sometimes it's been because something happened along the path that forced me to take a detour, such a rockfall. Sometimes, I thought I knew better than the path and tried a shortcut. Any of the reasons I've just listed have gotten me off course, even lost. It did not take me long to realize that having a reliable GPS device is an invaluable tool when hiking in the wilderness!
A wilderness hike is one thing. Life is something else. For example, have you felt like you don't love the direction your life is headed? It might be in your career or in your relationships or in your finances or in your faith. Wouldn't it be great if there was a life GPS device for that situation?
Maybe you've lived some years. Many of them have been great but now you are starting to see that your days are numbered and you don't want to waste one of them. Wouldn't it be great if there was a life GPS device that helped you get the most out of every day, month and year?
Maybe life started out with a burst. But recently, it has become more complicated than you thought it would be at this point. Wouldn't it be great if there was a life GPS device that showed you how to untangle things and start moving ahead again.
Maybe your life story has been good...what if it could be great? Wouldn't it be great if there was a life GPS device that showed you the path to take to make life great?
All of these scenarios remind me of a great statement made by John Pierpoint Morgan: "The first step to getting somewhere is deciding you are not going to stay where you are." (J. P. Morgan) If you are ready to make that decision, then we will give you the resources you need to get to the life you have been created to experience,
Starting this Sunday, and beginning through April, Upper Room is offering you the chance to change the path you are on with an exciting new series of messages called "Life Is for Living, Not Drifting." Think of each Sunday as a chance to build a life GPS device that will help you figure out how to mark a course for your life, stay on it, and get more out of each day of living. Full of Biblical wisdom and grounded in real-life stories and experience, you will get the chance to learn how to live life meaningfully.
Teaching starts each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. beginning this Sunday, March 6.