What's Really Important

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 It’s always interesting to note the events that helps put life in proper perspective for me.  It seems that every so often I need a “reality check” of what is and isn’t really important in life.  I don’t know if this happens to anyone else, but every so often I find myself wrapped up in some issue in life that is sucking the energy right out of me.  But then something else comes along that feels like a slap in the face that gets my attention back on what really matters in life. 

 I remember years ago in a previous church, I was really struggling emotionally and spiritually with something.  It had me focused so clearly on the issue at hand.  About the same time our church hosted a missionary family that was back in America (they served overseas in a third world nation) for some time of relaxation and reconnecting with family. 

 The missionary family had a daughter the same age as our daughter, who was 6-7 at the time.  These two girls hit it off.  Early on Melissa, our daughter, was showing her new friend her room and our house.  At some point in the tour the young missionary family girl stopped at looked around and said, “Is this all yours?” meaning all the stuff in the house.  With the innocence and honesty of a child, our daughter answered, “Yes, it’s all ours.”  Talk about a humbling moment!  Those words were like a slap in the face that woke me up and helped me let go of whatever petty issue it was I was struggling with, and to realize how blessed and fortunate I really was. 

 Just this past week I had another such “wake up moment” in life.  I don’t know how many of you were tuned in to General Conference 2019.  I didn’t watch much of it, but I was concerned about the matters at hand and what the outcome could do to our denomination.  I was praying…I was stewing about it…I was focused more on it that I realized.  I was even playing the “what if” game in my mind, running through scenario after scenario of what might happen to my beloved United Methodist Church.

 Then I got a phone call Tuesday morning.  There’s been a car accident.  A young church member has been killed.  Suddenly the noise of General Conference became just that, background noise.  Standing and crying with shocked and grieving parents and family helped put my ministry focus back where it needed to be, back on what is really important. 

 Yes, I was surprised and saddened by the outcome of General Conference.  No, we don’t yet know what all the outcome is going to be from the GC2019  decision.  But what I do know is that I have been reminded of what is truly important in life and ministry, and what I am called to do…which is not dependent on any General Conference action.  This calling is totally dependent on me following Jesus.  I have been called to “love one another”!  I have been called to be “light” in the darkness!  I have been called to “bring Good News” to a hurting world.  That is why I do what I do.  Really, that’s what we’re all called to do…as Jesus followers.

Bishop Ough was right.  For over a year he’s been saying, “The day after General Conference the sun will come up and the church will still have a mission to carry out.”  He’s right!  No matter your feeling on General Conference, we still have a mission.  Let’s do it!

Serving Together,

Pastor Keith