A Break and A Challenge…

21 Feb

This past weekend, I was able to take a break.  It sounds so simple, but was so important.  I don’t like taking breaks.  I really enjoy being in church at FMBC on Sundays.  I enjoy worshiping with my church family and bringing God’s Word to His people.  I also enjoy spending time in fellowship with all of the wonderful people of FMBC.  But, sometimes a time of refreshing and renewal is the best thing for me.
So, this past weekend, Wendy and I headed out of town.  As most of you know, one of my “hobbies” is running.  I say it is a hobby, but it is as much a part of my life as sleeping.  Running is my time by myself to reflect.  It is a time to talk to God about what is on my mind.  It is an opportunity to de-stress and prepare myself for whatever is ahead.  It is also a time to challenge myself to go farther and to do more than I would have ever thought possible.  It is only appropriate that I run a marathon on my time away.  For some, it sounds insane.  For me, it was just what I needed – beautiful weather…wonderful company…great friends to celebrate with!  And, it was preparation for the next run…bring it on!
While I was away, I say many thanks to Ken who stepped up and took care of Sunday morning.  I am thankful for his willingness to bring God’s Word and lead the services!
On a different note, Wednesday of this week is Ash Wednesday (already?!).  This begins a season of Lent…a time of reflection…a time of repentance.  As I was reminded today, Lent is not a time of being sorry for what we have done wrong, but a time to realize where we have gone astray and make a change!  So, I challenge you to begin your time of reflection and think about what needs to change in your life.  I have a list of things that need to change in mine…however, I am going to work on something in particular this Lent season (of which I will not disclose just yet).  I pray that you will dedicate yourself to working on something that you need to change as well – with God’s help, guidance, and strength.  Let God instruct you on where He would have you to go during this time and GO! 
What are you waiting for?  Ash Wednesday is upon us!  I’m ready…how about you?

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