Here we are at the end of September! The weather is cooling down reminding us the crisp, cool days of Fall are upon us. The leaves are just beginning to change color and miracle of miracles the Cubs are preparing for the postseason! What a great time of year this is. As we enjoy the change of seasons we are also in the midst of a sermon series at Wildwood PC – Life on Loan! Here is a refresher to remind us what it is all about.
“A life on loan- like every loan- is given with the expectation of a return. We are to return more than we are given. One day we will be held accountable for how we spent or invested our lives.” So begins their book, Living a Life On Loan, written by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson. They continue, “Life begins with- and is accountable to- God. Though we often speak of life and all it comprises as gifts from God, they are unique ‘gifts’ in that, technically, they still belong to him. It begins when we think of our life as ‘on loan’ rather than as a life ‘you own.’
We began our series two weeks ago passing out puzzle pieces. Each one of us is a piece of God’s redemptive work in the world. Our piece is integral to the overall puzzle, our story, our lives matter. Hold on to that puzzle piece – we’ll bring them back in November and assemble the whole puzzle!
This past Sunday I challenged us all to the 4 x 1 challenge. In short, we are invited to spend four hours a week choosing intentional Christian practices that shape and transform us into the people who experience “Abundant Life” as Jesus spoke of it in John 10:10.
1 Hour of Worship
1 Hour of Study/Devotion
1 Hour of Community/Fellowship
1 Hour of Service
It adds up to only 2.5% of our week and yet if we commit to these practices it will change who we are for the best! What will you choose to do with your time?
I look forward to hearing how the 4 x 1 challenge impacts our lives in the days to come!