In Philippians 3, the Apostle Paul talks about all the hardship that he endured for the sake of Christ. After listing the hardships and going through all of his pedigree, Paul says that “I consider everything a loss for the sake of Christ.” What struck me about this section of scripture is that in verses 12 and 14 Paul uses the phrase “I press on.” As I reflect on that I think of many of my failures and hardships in my life that could have pushed me into despair. But when I dwell upon all the precious promises of Christ (never leave me or forsake me, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength – to name a few) I am compelled to press on. Forget the things that are past and to “press on towards the goal” – to become more like Christ and one day to spend eternity in His presence. So PRESS ON!
Anyone who knows me well will affirm that I am neither an evangelist nor a missionary. I'm just not wired that way and you may not be either. So, if we are serious about our faith, how can we incorporate the mission of Shelter Rock Church, "To lead as many people as possible into a joyful and growing relationship with Jesus Christ", into our everyday lives? After visiting folks who are involved in full time “work” overseas, I know that it can be as simple as walking alongside those who do have those gifts. Providing an outlet for them to speak their honest frustrations, to commiserate with them, encourage and affirm them, pray for them, keep their confidences, and remind them that they are not alone in their journey. Sometimes fulfilling that mission is as simple as being a friend.