The title of this blog comes as I took a trip down memory lane this week. It was not intentional, it all started when I heard something in the news. I am not one that’s good at retelling a story with details but I had read that a lot of schools in Colorado were on lockdown. This came just days before the 20 year anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Then it hit me, 20 years, how is that possible? The Columbine School shooting is one of a few defining historic moments in my life. I could tell you where I was when I received the news. There are historic defining moments & there are personal defining moments. Personal defining moments are the moments in our personal lives that have shaped us into the person we have become. These moments can be an event or a conversation. A place may also be considered a defining moment. There are many in my life. The day I was told I could not be a United Methodist Pastor. The ministry of Celebrate Recovery is another, both my involvement as a participant & a leader. When I think of people as defining moments I think of those who have been willing to invest their time in my life. I also think of those people who have been able to say the hard things at the right time. This takes compassion, discernment, & grace. Jesus also had defining moments in His life. Many of those moments we remember this weekend. The cross was a defining moment for Jesus. He gave up His life so that we could have life. The life that we have been given should be full of joy & abundance. Jesus says these words in John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal, kill, & destroy. I came that they may have an enjoy life, and have it in abundance; to the full until it overflows.” When we view our life with Jesus by our side, we find joy, peace, & abundant life even in the midst of challenging circumstances.
Continuing in His Service,