"Flips and Kisses"
4th Sunday after Pentecost, June 20th
Read| 2 Corinthians 6: 1-13
Today, we are NOT learning more about a new habit; instead, we are considering how the first two habits blend. To see more of this lesson series and sermons visit www.fpceustis.com/worship.
"Win the Day" encourages us to make the conscious decision to live life in day-tight compartments. We are response-able to live each day, rather than living in the bulk of time. Trust in a day-by-day faithful process rather than the ungodly desire to have it all. God is telling us not to bite off more than we can chew. Let go of the desire to control "the-everything" in your life. Have faith and trust in the One "who is overall, in all, and living through all." Ephesians 4:6 (NLT)
This summer, you are encouraged to explore and "identify the lead measures that will produce the results you want. The goal is to establish daily rituals that will make your life more meaningful. Break bad habits by establishing good habits; then habit stack those high-yield habits in a way that will pay dividends down the road." [Page xii]
In our scripture [2 Corinthians 6: 1-13] you will catch a glimpse of the joint effort between habits. The apostle acknowledges the difficulties of his journey, but delights in the wonderful things he encounters.
Memory is a blessing when you dwell on the good things. Give thanks for them while remaining willing and able to acknowledge the bad stuff; however, memory can be a curse when you fixate on the bad things and ditch your blessings (which is what happens more often.) As humans, we tend to remember what we should forget and forget what we ought to remember.
So far you've learned to Flip the Script by acknowledging God's important invitation to actively participate and to see the necessity of your presence. You've also explored how to Kiss the Wave by sharing the good of your life and acknowledging the bad of your journey with those whom you worship with. A real disciple is always appreciated more than the perfect follower.
Pay attention to the "Flips and Kisses" demonstrated by the Apostle. Look at all the things that he enjoyed, AND endured for the sake of the Gospel. Notice the "how" he interacts with his memory and inspires us to do the same. The Apostle establishes a fertile ground in the department of his soul for Jesus to grow his faith.