The beginning of a new year at Southport Church, the first full year as it’s pastor. I am brimming with anticipation for how slow it will go. Perhaps you didn’t expect that last sentence to end as it did? Well, usually we are excited about the quickening momentum that our lives can suddenly take and so we then continue to push when the outcomes turn out slower or more anticlimactic than one hoped. It isn’t a pessimistic comment or wish, I desire this year to go slow and to grow deeper. I am a big believer that your Mission sets your Mindset.
I have understood that ministry takes time and it takes perseverance to know God is always working, especially in the hearts of those I seek to lead and reach out to. From this point of view and Mission to see God redeem all that self idolatry works to erode in a life of faith, it seems the new year is about always discovering a new found sense of transformation with a hint of understanding that we need to continually find ourselves resetting our attention from self to Christ.
This is so that the new year will end not where we just found ourselves as diets met their end and stress levels perhaps went atomic with innocent bystanders experiencing your emotional breakdown over the lack of pecans in the dry-food section (I have witnessed this). With optimism and hope we venture further into this march of life and it is my expectation that we not only consider how painful last year was for many of us, but how this year needs to be more about rebuilding, restoring, and being reminded that we have a charge to keep to not only to God, but to those we experience all of this with.
At Southport Church, I am hopeful that as we begin the new year with Reseting our Hearts, Minds, Tongues, and Hands through the life of the setting them on Jesus, that we will find there is no other course that provides such security, variety, significance, growth, and Love as when we commit to discovering all that needs to be undone by our own limited human view, and step into the overwhelmingly Joy that is to be experienced as a person allow Christ to be
…the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:20-23)