Editor’s Note: This reflection by our Junior Warden Bud Davis is timely in consideration of our move, our focus on Vision and Future, and the adventure of Christian discipleship which God has planned for the people of St. James. We commend it to you for your thoughtful prayer.
I have attended a number of great Christian weekends. I go up the mountain and return, but what spiritual enlightenment do I bring back that becomes a part of my daily walk with the Lord? I would have to say I am not sure, but this morning something special happened and I need to share it after last night’s Vestry prayer time.
This morning I was in my home office and looking for a sales receipt that I had put in a safe place. Apparently it was a very safe a place. In the process I discovered two Anglican Men’s Weekend notebooks in a file drawer. I decided to take a look at my notes and see what was going on spiritually with me at that time. To my surprise the notes I had written down applied to me today. Here is what I found.
May 2008, Archbishop Henry Orombi was speaking on the topic, Courage. By the way the leader of the weekend was John McLaughlin.
How does crossing the Jordan River relate to me?
Keep in mind it takes courage to cross a river.
Where I am today is not my final destination.
Crossing the Jordan River means new things for us.
We tend to stay in the familiar as we desire the comfort.
Where does God want me?
To find out seek a deeper experience with Him.
Moving ahead to May 2011, Archbishop Greg Venables was speaking on, Transformed Lives.
Sin kills (tough beginning)
Repent and be baptized
Jesus must be written in your hearts
Deuteronomy 8:2 “Remember how the Lord Your God led you all the way in the desert for forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart….”
The Archbishop’s comments relating to Romans 8:28
God humbles us to ready us to do his work.
The desert can make you humble for God.
Learn to trust God in the desert.
Satan can make it tough for us.
1 Thessalonians 1:4 “For we know, brothers loved by God that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.” We must pass it on!
Those are the treasured words I found. Perhaps you will identify with some of these statements. For me it all fits and I know that without a doubt that I was led to find two books I shall treasure even more. Thank you Lord.
Blessings to all,