I want to share two quotes to think on as we enter the summer months, and as we continue the ministry God calls us to do individually, and as a church family at Mt. Horeb. The first is by Max Dupree: “We do not grow by knowing all the answers, but rather by living with the questions.”
Life is a quest, a search to seek and understand, to learn and find meaning. When a child asks “Where does rain come from?” (or babies, or grasshoppers), it is part of a natural curiosity to learn, to know. When an adult asks “Who am I?” (or Why, or What am I to do?), it is part of a natural curiosity to understand, to find meaning.
We, as humans, are affected by the chances and changes of life … but, before these things occur, we are forged from within. And who we (think we) are on the inside not only influences our response to the things that happen to us from the outside but also influences our actions in the world. As Christians our life begins and is centered upon the life-giving Spirit of God we receive in our baptism (“So, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”-2 Cor 5:17). As we grow in this understanding of who and “whose” we are, we have meaning for living.
The second quote to ponder is by Thomas J. Watson, the founder of IBM: “The greatest accomplishments of humanity have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm.” Because we understand who we are in Christ, we then respond by using the gifts & talents we each have been given – and we use them enthusiastically (from the Greek, “in theos” or “in God”). It doesn’t matter where we work, the Spirit of God in you uses you where you are. You become an instrument, a vessel, an ambassador for God’s work in the world.
This coming week the Lutheran churches of SC will gather for the annual Synod Assembly. The Assembly’s theme is A Reforming Church: Living out Reconciliation and Renewal, rooted in Paul’s words to the church in Rome: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may discern what is the will of God.” — Romans 12:2.
We are reminded that our identity and purpose is in Christ. Rooted in this understanding, we grow and go in the world as renewed and reconciled disciples, seeking to be people of faith in all aspects of life. As we do this each day, may the questions and experiences of life invigorate you, and may the spirit of God in you give you a renewed sense of enthusiasm.
God’s Peace and love,