Choices To Be Made

Decisions surround us. Some days seems like a river of choices we are trying to swim through. Some choices we make on autopilot – like whether we want coffee to start our day. Other decisions we labor over with worry and calculation. It all adds up.
“Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state of the other.” -C.S. Lewis
Lewis puts it into stark terms. Every choice we make adds up like a piggy bank of decisions. We have all felt the crush of too many bad choices weighing down our souls.
God offers guidance and hope when we turn to Him for help. The Bible leads us to time-tested wisdom. The Holy Spirit whispers help to us, advocating for the best possible outcome for your life.
So next time you find yourself with a choice, lean in to God.
Listen for the still, small voice within whispering the peaceful solution. Often God echoes into our life a repetitive answer. Look for the solution that brings peace, joy, and hope.
Pick up the Bible or open your Bible app and start reading – be open to God’s word finding you.
At worship, be open for God to guide you through the Message and music. Our hearts and minds turned towards God for an hour make a huge difference in their ability to yield to His direction.
Seek counsel from Godly people. No, we are not advocating a spiritual hierarchy – we are all sinners. But identify a spiritual running partner, someone also seeking God’s wisdom and guidance in spite of themselves. And ask them to pray with you and talk through the problem. Again, keep your spirit and heart and mind seeking peace, joy, and love/ charity, and you will find your path to God’s guidance.
You will be surprised sometimes at what God leads you to. That is the delight of the faith journey – it is richer and more full than anything we would come up with on our own!
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Jesus in Matthew 7 & 8

Blindfolded Walking

Can you see clearly?
A few years ago I caught an absolutely hilarious MythBusters episode where they tested the theory that it is IMPOSSIBLE to walk in a straight line blindfolded. They took it to the extreme, used sight canceling goggles, earplugs, etc. so that no outside influence could affect their ability to find a direction. And this picture is roughly like what the walkers’ paths looked like.
When they interviewed the walkers, each person described in detail how good they felt they were doing, how straight they seemed to be moving, how on target they thought they were. Each was sure they were going to be the exception to the rule. Wow, were they wrong! Without the point of reference in focus, guiding them straight, they simply could not stay on course AT ALL.
And that, my friends, is what life is like. Without an external point of reference we flounder and spin. I truly believe we each want what is best for ourselves and our families, but I know that people feel at best uncertain about what that actually looks like. The human tragedy aspect of it is that regardless of how we feel we are on target, our lives end up looking like the picture. And who wants to reflect on a life shaped like that at the end of their days?! “I worked too much. I didn’t really know my kids. I never forgave my father. I should have spend more time with my wife. I never did anything of meaning.”
The Good News, is that we have a simple and accessible guiding standard in Jesus. Jesus taught a paradigm-busting set of truths, establishing himself as a model of living that no one in the history of humanity has undone or superseded:
1. Love God. (Keep your eyes on the Way, the Guide, the King.)
2. Love one another. (Serve and welcome and give.)
3. Do not judge. (Because nobody’s perfect – least of all you and me.)
For 2000 years, no one has articulated human excellence better than this. The entire Biblical history is summed up in these. No one has defined right living more clearly or succinctly, and no one has established a better paradigm for our health, well-being, and living a life of blessing.
Ultimately, it is up to each of us. We are free to roam, free to circle, free to meander. Or we can make the choice to stay as close to the Way as possible… and see how He will guide us in living a life we could only otherwise imagine in its richness and blessing.
See you Sunday at 10! We believe this one hour spent worshiping together will change every other hour of your week for the better. Invite a friend – you may never know the difference it will make in their life!

Gypsy Church No More

Have you had to relocate?
We moved every year or two for over 20 years! Think of that! Many of those moves were local as leases came to an end or new home purchases became available. But regardless of reason, every year or two, we would pack everything up and relocate to a new house or apartment to unpack and call it home.
We laugh sometimes about feeling like gypsys, packing up and deciding what was necessary to keep or get rid of. It was always in the back of our minds, the need to move it all. At some point we stopped decorating, donated the wall art, and just settled for something a little more generic.
I guess God was preparing us to be a portable church. Moving and packing up all the sound equipment, signage, marketing, and food each week has never felt impossible as other veteran portable church leaders described it would. We just did the work and streamlined as much as we could to make it easier.
Interestingly, as we live into what having a space of our own, a home for the church is going to feel like and how our work habits will change, I was most struck by the vast difference in how we communicate identity, values, personality than the school building we rent. Now let me clear, we LOVE the schools that have hosted us so kindly. Concrete block, painted school colors, communicates institutional identity and efficiency to an ever-growing and changing student body. If we were describing Big Life Community Church and a public school, I doubt there would be many of the same words or phrases used. We are simply aiming for very different targets.
Just like our personal homes communicate our identity, beliefs, taste, and comfort levels, our church environment does as well. We are so looking forward to describing our creativity, warm personal welcome, passionate belief in redemption, and authentic faith in Jesus through the walls, floors, seating, etc. We are ready to welcome, encourage, and share Jesus in a way that is truly our perspective and that does not need to be tossed on a cart, and packed up in 15 minutes or less!
As Geoff described in his message Sunday, communicating authentically goes to the heart of what church is called to do. Communicating warmth, safety, and our redemptive faith as a congregation is vital. We are getting really good at doing that one on one and in the portable setting. Every person you greet and welcome or serve alongside feels that. However, we believe it is going to be feel radically different – uniquely US – when we are able to do it in our church home as well as person to person!
Huge progress on the building fund this week! We are SO excited to get in and get to it! It’s getting closer!!! Check out the donations rolling in below! Way to go church!!!
See you Sunday at 10! We believe this one hour a week will change every other hour of our lives. Invite a friend – you may never know the difference it will make in their life.