September 6, 2023
A number of years ago, we did an all-church study at Cypress Creek based on Michael Slaughter’s book, "Dare to Dream." The study and discussion gained some traction, and I was really excited by what I could only call a copious amount of spiritual energy in the life of the congregation. But then we sort of hit a wall, and so I followed up with another study to focus on what I deemed the area of struggle. Of course, that class ended early because of the pandemic. With that said, I was surprised to see people struggle when it came to naming their own purpose in life. Most people could speak of it in broad terms, using phrases like: I’m a follower of Jesus or I’m a disciple and student of the Jesus way. But when pushed to name their specific calling, a majority of those involved found it very hard. Years ago, I heard a scholar suggest that when western Christianity began to emphasize a "personal relationship with Jesus" (early 20th century), there was no emphasis placed on a person being called by Jesus. Sadly, it became a relationship that was mostly about what I got from this relationship and not what I brought to this relationship. Now let me be clear, there are people who can speak very clearly and beautifully about their God-given dream and purpose, but in a recent conversation with two pastors, they echoed a very similar challenge in their churches. So I guess the question to ask is whether or not, in a sort of elevator speech, can you share with others what you believe to be your unique calling in this world? That’s not to say it will be your calling forever, but in this moment of time, where do you see your distinctive gifts, empowered by the Holy Spirit, meeting a specific need in the world?
You love me and believe in me, Lord God, and with both your love and confidence by my side, I seek to know how best I can serve you. Give me strength to take the needed steps in faith for the good work set before me. Amen.
Rev. Bruce Frogge