The Monday After: Choosing Your Future {Anita}

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.

 

The Monday After: The Story Continues {Andrew}

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, December 30, 2013: The Story Continues — Listen.

by Andrew Kelley

For my until life, the eraser has been just as important as the point with which I write.
That all changed yesterday morning. I’ve known for awhile that God uses our pasts to reach out to people with similar pasts; yesterday Pastor Josh brought a new perspective into view for me, which was totally new and, dare I say, life altering.
I’ve done things and have had things done to me that I am ashamed of, but I know I’ve been forgiven and washed white as snow. Plus, God has given me that undeniable peace that said I allowed these things to happen in your past so you can help others that have been through similar things. It was before that life-altering moment where God transformed me that I was stuck on repeat. Before He showed me my next chapter I had used all my erasers to their max.  I didn’t want others to see my mistakes. I didn’t want to see my own past mistakes. Now It makes so much sense to not erase those mistakes.
Every time I read about them or I hear a pastor talk about them, the Israelites remind me of all the times God brought them through and set them free and supplied their every need; but shortly after each delivery, it seemed they forgot God and what He did for them. It’s like they had short-term memory loss. God continued to remind them of the promise He made with Moses and them. God also continued to remind them of their past.
Peter, as well, really messed up, but God still used him, mistakes and all. Remember — Peter was the one that denied Christ, and shortly after his reception with Jesus, there he is preaching about Christ. Peter remembered what Jesus told him he would do — deny Christ — and he wept.
I want my new year to be sort of like my new life in Christ. In my new life in Christ I did not start over; rather I started my next chapter. So like what Pastor Josh said, “A new year isn’t about starting over. It’s about starting what’s next,” I want to start what God has for me in 2014.
Sure it’s not all within arms reach, but if I step back, remember where I came from and how I got here, I will rest in the fact that God is with me now just like He was and forever will be.

Andrew and Dawn

Andrew Kelley is husband to Dawn and father to four wonderful children; he and his family currently call Immanuel and Zion home.