Back to a little sermon-blogging, this weekend’s was a great fit, personally. The central message for this weekend was that, in times of disappointment our first line of defense is to combat a negative mindset from taking root.
In short … let it go; forgive; and begin anew. It’s a lesson that comes in handy for a variety of reasons. I always think of the old business school axiom that, if we haven’t failed at anything, then we haven’t pushed ourselves to our limits. Overcoming and learning from those mistakes is often more important than the fact that we have any kind of disappointments on our “permanent record”.
A bit of Bible reference from the sermon:
One point that immediately gets emphasized in my own mind from these, Joel adds far more eloquence to with regard to the Romans 8 passage:
Not every season of life is one of immediate joy. But it’s important to realize that we grow in the tough times. Giving into the worst in those times is the surest way to stunt that growth. One of the phrases that Joel offers regarding Joseph’s story is one I like a lot: “Because his dream was greater than his painful memory, God took what the enemy meant for evil and turned it around and used it to his advantage.” Seeing to it that our dreams are greater than our painful memories can sometimes be more difficult than imagined. But there’s reward in doing so.