Pastor's Monthly Message...January,2018

Planning A Life

A Greek philosopher made the observation that an unplanned life was not very productive. Usually, he thought, individuals didn't know what they were going to accomplish, where they were going in life or how they would get there.
We, as individuals, need a plan for life, how to get rid of all the jumble and confusion. Most people, we might think, live day by day, concentrating on the pleasure of the moment, caring little for the effort that longtime goals demand. There is a natural tendency to be self-interested, but most of us don't pursue our own best interest. Instead, we follow illusions, momentary desire, mutual conflicting wants. We prefer whim rather than purpose, and we seek pleasure rather than perfection. We are so influenced by the world around us that we, all to often, choose short-term gratification over long term fulfillment.
Most of the time we find that moral errors are the result of shortcuts, attempts to get results in the wrong way. No result of any importance can be achieved in an instant.
The younger we are, the less likely it is that we have a plan for living. When we're young, our goals are usually immediate ones - things to do, things to get, things to be enjoyed today.
As we grow older and more purposeful, we begin to attempt to try to fit our various purposes together into a coherent scheme for living. We learn to plan. We learn we can't do it all at once, and we learn to be flexible in changing conditions to fit our most important goals.

Pastor's Monthly Message..December...2017

The Potential Within Us

We are often reminded that we rarely live up to our potential in our lives. The problem often seems to be that none of us are really aware of what that potential is. What exactly is the range of our abilities? Maybe it is because we don't examine ourselves a lot, perhaps we're afraid to take risks or we lack the courage to risk failure. Most people who are successful have failed at many things in life.
One of the virtues of a formal education is that it requires us to test ourselves in areas or activities that are not of our own choosing - at which time we might fail. Learning is a lifelong endeavor, but when we are on our own, we have a tendency to restrict ourselves to the things we are familiar with and which we do reasonably well. We have a tendency to avoid things which are a challenge, once tried or that we have tried and failed at.
We also need to free ourselves from asking ourselves the questions,
What will people say?" and from putting ourselves in social situations where we compromise our beliefs and principals because "everybody is doing it".
One of the paradoxes of life is that almost everyone wants to improve their circumstances, but hardly anyone wants to improve himself or herself, or at least take a risk to do so. Self-discipline, self-improvement and the establishment of strong values and standards in our lives are all essential and should be lifelong goals.
In trying to expand our abilities, we should not overlook the spiritual strength and potential which lies within us. A careful caring of our spiritual nature will help release many dormant talents.