August 26, 2008

Pressing On

To get a perspective on what is happening in Charlottesville, we have been visiting churches on Sunday mornings. Last week, we really enjoyed a Presbyterian church that we hear is a good church in the community. This past Sunday, we visited FBC. While we were there, we learned some interesting things about this church: 1) Lottie Moon was saved, baptized, and sent out to China from FBC Charlottesville (evidently she went to UVA b/c Kyle says she was saved during college) 2) Dr. Broadus was a pastor there in the 1800's who evidently went on to have a role in forming Southern Seminary and the Southern Baptist Convention and 3) a woman in the congregation at FBC founded the movement we know as Vacation Bible School. That is quite the heritage! That's like the Hall of Fame for Southern Baptists. If they had only started Bible Drill...

With a history like that, I was really curious to where they were going in the future. Of course, I can't really know from one visit, but it made me think. In this time of transition, I have found myself looking back alot on the past and pining for the familiar, the already-established, the already-accomplished. I have found myself thinking how "easy" it would be to be back in College Station doing college ministry because it's what I know and I had found my little routine in it and, honestly, I was known there. Basically, it boils down to that I sometimes want to ride on what has already been done and not have to work toward the future. As I sat in church on Sunday, Phil 3 kept running through my head:

"Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

I don't have to forget about all the people I love in College Station and the ministry I so loved there, but I do have to lay those things down as something God did in the past and continue to let Him work in me toward the future. That's a hard thing to do!! Especially when things are unfamiliar and the soil is a hard ground waiting to be tilled. But I'm thankful that the Lord will do it....if I just let Him.