So Sunday was my wedding anniversary – a significant one. I can remember back to when my dad and mom reached this milestone and our entire family went out to dinner at the Rusty Skupper. I remember it because we laughed so hard we were in tears and all the other people in the restaurant looked at us, wondering what was wrong with the goofy family. (I actually EVEN remember what was so funny, but I’m not going to share it!) I still have the wooden boat paddle menu from that night. (All their menus were on wooden paddles.) I think I had to pay $5.00 to get it and then we all signed our names and wrote the occasion and the date.
And now I reached that same anniversary. I would like to say I wasn’t all that affected by it, but considering I started crying at two semi-inappropriate times this past week – once during a meeting and once when talking to two Awana missionaries who happened to be visitiing HQ (and telling me how much they liked Ken) , I think I would have to say I was. The thought didn’t consume me, but it was subtly in the background.
(Oh, and thanks to those of you who remembered. I truly appreciate it!)
So yesterday I went to church and the pastor’s message was from 1 Peter 3 on how important it is to prepare for suffering – because in this life we will suffer. I so resonated with what he said because he was coming from the same place I am – he lost a spouse to cancer at about the same time I did. (He has since remarried.) He used some of that experience to illustrate his points which made it easy for me to relate.
Peter talks alot about suffering in his third chapter, promising that we’ll face it.
The pastor gave several points, but he emphasized his third point – Live completely for Christ. (1 Peter 3:14-15) Peter reminds us that we don’t have to be afraid of the things for which others are afraid. The pastor compared it to a sandwich. The top layer is an instruction not to be frightened about what is happening. The bottom layer is being ready to give an answer when people question you about your faith (and why you’re reacting the way you are). The “filling” is the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to keep our eyes on Him.
One of the points of yesterday’s service was this: People prepare more for vacations than they do for the tough times of life. And when you don’t prepare, things can easily fall apart.
Good message for me on this particular Sunday (and every other Sunday, too). Keep my eyes on Christ and be passionate about doing good (3:13).