You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with  Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day, after the music fades and our cars leave the parking lot, pieces of the message tend to fade, too; somewhere along the way, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. 

So follow along each Monday as we seek to integrate that Truth into our daily lives; leave your thoughts in the comments below so we can create conversation and encouragement!

The Monday After: Sunday, January 6, 2013: A New You in the New Year

By Marcus Wolfe

As I think about Joe’s message I am struck with the thought that 2012 was a banner year of change. We did Vantage Point 3 together, she went on a mission trip to Mexico and she made plans to finish school to become a nurse, a venture she started about nine years ago. It meant we took a long look at our health and lost fifty pounds each. And we lost our home.

But as we saw this past year and all its changes through God’s eyes, our eyes have been opened to the blessing 2012 has been. It was a year of creativity, conviction of values and courage; it was a year of trusting in God’s providence.

One thing Pastor Joe said that has very much been true of our lives was how we can live the same life over again 12 times each year. While a year like 2012 was filled with changes, we certainly don’t want the opposite — reliving the same life over and over for 12 months. We are intent on the idea of keeping momentum, including embracing changes.

Pastor Joe asked us to reflect on how life could be different in our families, finances, relationships and faith?

Last year, Vantage Point 3 helped me understand that our spiritual life is not about having made a one-time decision; rather, our spiritual lives are a daily decision. Life with Jesus is like being in a marriage with my wife.  Yes, there was my wedding day when I said “I do,” but my marriage is based on the thousands of acts and decisions since then that wedding day. In similar fashion, I have a date when I accepted Christ, too, but my walk with Jesus is about more than just one day and decision — it’s about the millions of thoughts and actions since then, the daily decisions.  During this process I also learned to let go of the past and realize God can and even wants to use me today.

And that’s where I’m left pondering Joe’s ending point from yesterday: what would I attempt for God if I knew I wouldn’t fail?  How would I be outrageously courageous?

For me it meant a quick decision in December to have knee surgery so that I could go into 2013 with better mobility than I have had in at least the last three years.  It has meant submitting applications to new schools when I wasn’t getting enough days at my present school as a substitute teacher, which required courage as there is comfort at my present school.

It is also means I am trusting God to provide full-time work by the end of this year. If my wife is to finish nursing school at some time she will have to quit working full time and the pressure will then be on me to meet our needs.  Where will this come from?  I have trained to be a teacher and like the job but teaching jobs are hard to come by now and very competitive. It’s my wife’s turn to reach for her dream, so how can we get there?  Am I willing to get creative in employment and work outside of education?

If we want 2013 to be a hallmark year, I must ask myself whether or not I am willing to pour into others in the way I have been led?  Can I trust enough to start things even without knowing how my job situation will work out?  And no matter how things do work out can I have the faith to look at things through God’s eyes and trust Him in all things?

Can I trust in God’s providence?

If our life in 2012 was any indicator, the answer would be a resounding yes.

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Marcus is married to Jessica and is currently a substitute teacher at Zion Benton Township High School.  They care for any number of guinea pigs (currently two).  In his spare time, Marcus enjoys reading, computer games and shooting.  His ministry passions include working with senior adults and the sick, and growing with other men, as well as helping Jessica with whatever ministries she is involved with at the time.   

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