This morning when I woke it was raining. I made my way into the living room and sunk into my Lazy-Boy, wrapped in an afghan, watching the morning news, the last thing I wanted to do was get up and go to Church.
As I sat there, I debated with myself. I could watch Church online, I could watch Church on TV, since the weather was bad no one would be at Church and I wouldn’t be missed.
Since the weather was bad, I needed to get up and go so that the Pastor and choir wouldn’t be in an empty church.
I debated and eventually got up and took a shower and left for Church.
Because of my morning debate, I arrived about 5 minutes late. The sanctuary wasn’t as packed as normal, but a nice crowd had shown up. I made my way into a row and joined with the others singing Praise and Worship music.
Over the past few weeks, we have been hearing a sermon series entitled “Obsessed.” Pastor Adam has challenged us to live a life obsessed with the same things God is obsessed over.
I have enjoyed the series and as the finale, today’s message “Burn the Ship,” tied it all up in a neat bow.
Have you ever gone to Church and started listening to a sermon and thought “is he just preaching to me?” Yeah, that happened to today.
As I explained in a recent blog post, I am at a Crossroads; my primary job is less than rewarding, the business I bought as an investment has become my joy and my passion is to write.
The sermon, based on scripture 1 Kings 19:21
21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.
The basis of the sermon today is, when you are ready to begin anew, you must step out in faith with Plan A. Plan B is just an excuse and shouldn’t be a fall back plan.
Back in the day, when explorers conquered new lands, they “burned their ships,” to symbolize their commitment to the ideals they were bringing forth. This symbolism showing that they were “all in.”
When the time has come to make the journey that you feel the Lord is leading you towards, make that change with an EXPLANATION POINT…. not a period!
By burning the ship, you have eliminated the secondary option and prove you are “all in” with the new direction of your life. Whew, that’s a lot to comprehend for someone who is at a Crossroads.
Ironically, I had a conversation with my Pastor on Friday, I told him about my Crossroads and where I felt I was being led. As usual he listened and provided wise counsel. Then today, he seemed to hit the nail on the head with points that gave direction to my heart.
I have made two big moves in my life. Neither time did I know if it would work out, but I made those moves with faith that the Lord would show me the way.
When I moved to Florida in 1996, I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t have a job and had nothing but a movement in my heart telling me to go and faith that it would work out.
The move to Florida was the most courageous thing I have ever done, it worked out just fine.
I was enriched by people who will continue to impact my life until my last breath. I developed my professional career with hard work, talent and determination and was rewarded with opportunities that I never saw coming. And during my time in Florida I was given the opportunity by the residents of a small town to lead the direction of that town into the future as an elected official.
Most importantly, during those Florida years, my faith grew and became my guiding light through life.
The second big move was my decision to leave Florida and move back to God’s Country. I had been being pulled back to the mountains of my youth by my heart for several years.
My fear in returning was that I wouldn’t fit in. The friends I had known so many years ago wouldn’t accept me back and that I had been away from family for so long that a deeper connection wasn’t possible.
Those fears were quickly melted away by welcoming friends and family. It hasn’t been perfect, sometimes it has been quite difficult, but like the move to Florida, the overwhelming results have been better than expected.
Now I am at a new crossroads and I am working hard to let my heart lead the course.
One of the points of Pastor Adam’s sermon today was that was we grow older and more comfortable we “stop living out our imagination and start living our memory.”
Who says that a certain age or level of comfort should lead our lives? Why not keep living our imagination, an imagination that may turn away from what is comfortable and towards what is possible!
As I continue to evaluate the crossroads that sit before me, I will take these examples into account. The faith I have employed when making major decisions hasn’t let me down in the past and I suspect it won’t in the future.
The kind words and prayers offered to me by many of you is appreciated as I evaluate my future. While some may see this as a scary time, I am surprisingly calm and excited about the path ahead, I am at a crossroads, but the path ahead grows clearer by the day.
Imagination is a wonderful thing and sometimes when you put faith behind your imagination it may just come true! I’m a firm believer that you are never too old to dream, sometimes you just have to burn some ships to get there.
One last thing about the rain that almost kept me home today…… it stopped while I was in the shower. It’s interesting how the devil gives up when he loses.
I remain at a crossroads, but the direction signs are getting clearer, When I step out in the direction it will bring me to the next stage of my life, I will do so in faith, excitement and an imagination knowing those “plan B” ships are better off burned.