You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, January 5, 2013: Choosing Your Future

By Anita Everly

What if this time next year…” was the title of a blog I read last week.  Those words got me thinking that I’d like a lot to be different, and I wonder, too, what is different right now from this time last year. I’m intrigued by the challenge.
And then there’s the blog I read this week on ditching resolutions and instead setting goals—for whatever reason, those are more attainable. It’s semantics, but maybe goals really work better and smarter than resolutions. This article also noted that according to a study, you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down.  Certainly there is no magic in the act of writing, but perhaps an initial commitment of writing it down cements said goals in our forethoughts and ultimately into our accomplishments.
Regardless, I found it interesting to come into the service Sunday and hear about Moses and the choices he made in his life. He chose and determined to live with intention. It wasn’t a go-with-the-flow approach. In fact, he chose to buck the system that would guaranteed his comfort and ease and instead chose towalk a harder road.
The obvious is true for Moses and for ourselves, the more we are in step with God, the clearer the path and the more we are able to do through His power in our lives.
Pastor Joe led us through some really meaty goals that we can choose to commit to this year and beyond.  “What if this time next year…” we were living more in the fullness of Christ in each of these four areas?
I’ll be honest, I left the service really wanting these statements to be more true of me in the coming year and not just some great words I heard one Sunday to be forgotten by next Friday.
So, would you join me?  A little short-term pain for a long-term gain?  Grab a pen and paper on this cold, chilly day and write down some commitments to grow in Christ this year.  And prayerfully keep these commitments close by throughout the year.
Really answer the questions Pastor Joe asked:
  • 1.    Who are you letting determine your identity?  Where do you need to be more exactly who God created you to be?
  • 2.     Where do you need to start accepting responsibility for your life?  In what areas do you need to delay gratification?
  • 3.     What matters most in your life?  What are your top three values?
  • 4.     Where are you living in fear rather than faith?  In what areas do you need to open your hands and entrust them completely to God?
For a whole year, “what if this time next year…”
  • 1.     You refused to be defined by others.
  • 2.     You chose short-term pain for long-term gain.
  • 3.     You chose God’s values, not the world’s.
  • 4.     You chose to live by faith rather than by fear.
We can only accomplish the impossible when we see the invisible. What if?
The choice is yours.

Anita Everly is the wife of David and mom to their three sons.  She can be found watching the lives of her men unfold, creating a home, and encouraging other women in life and motherhood.  She is striving to live life on purpose because she is crazy in love with the One who is crazy in love with her.


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