The other thing I never seem to learn is that when God is speaking, I should listen - because when I don't listen, He speaks the same thing over and over and over again until I begin to catch on. On Thursday, we had a chapel speaker who shared reflections on the political and spiritual situation in the Northern part of the continent. The content was fascinating, but the lesson which grabbed my full attention? I get one life.
Then, on Sunday, Brock Mathison shared with us the story of William Borden, which you should watch on youtube. He then spoke on Philippians 3:7-11
"But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead."Whatever things were gain to me, I count as rubbish? So that I may gain Christ? Last week, it began with stress, feeling overwhelmed, having too much on our plates and ended with time to re-center, re-focus on priorities that really matter: Serving kids at RVA? Certainly. My family? Absolutely.
'I count ALL things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.'Serving kids at RVA a loss? Apparently. My family? I guess so; compared to Christ. It's easy to say, but the real priorities, those that consume my days, my weeks, my life? They speak otherwise! I can not Gain Christ so He can be found on the margins of MY page, my ministry or my family. My priority must be: Gain Christ, and be found in Him.
I get ONE life.