Monday Morning Pastor – The Fool

February 19, 2018

Note: Each week we will have a guest writer who will share a few of their personal thoughts on Sunday’s sermon. Unlike Monday Morning Quarterbacking, from which this series gets its name, we aren’t looking to critique so much as share how we have been personally impacted. This week’s post comes from Kelli Russell.

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Fools: Never Enough…

Everyone is born broken.  We are born with an innate ambition toward self.  But where does that get us?  Anyone who has striven to live a life out of selfish ambition will eventually confess that it leaves them empty…wanting for more.

We make plans for our life and we have dreams we want to see discovered, but at what cost?  Most of the time we disregard the higher callings in our life, trading them instead to be people pleasers, worry mongers, and obsessive consumers of the culture around us.  All of these things offer no fulfillment.  There is no peace, no light at the end of the tunnel.  We fool ourselves into thinking that someday our earthly treasure, a romantic relationship, or our perfectly put together life will bring us the satisfaction we so desperately yearn for.  Why is this never enough?

Shortly after my husband and I were married, we discovered it may be difficult for us to have children.  We had dreamed of having four of them.  This kind of news can be a hard pill to swallow.  We were encouraged by doctors to pursue fertility treatments.  So we endured several years of many blood tests, ultrasounds, and medication.

All of those years of going through treatments resulted in one miscarriage and no babies.  The doctors had given us hope and the medication had given us hope, yet in the end, we were left with empty hands.  We worked really hard to do exactly what the doctor told us to do, but none of it worked.  What was meant for good had left a void in our hearts and hopelessness in our belief system.

Eventually we realized the unhealthy reliance and dependence on the doctor’s help.  After many tears, we decided to stop the treatments.  We had made this part of our life an idol for too long.  It was time to give it all to God and rest in His control.

For so long, we acted like God didn’t know what He was doing.  We tried to take it into our own hands, to make our dreams come true.  Despite our selfish ambition, God showed His mercy to us and three months later, we conceived our firstborn.

Your struggle might be different, but we all struggle nonetheless.  There is always something that threatens to shake our faith.  It is within these moments that the Lord challenges us to step up to a higher calling.

Some people choose to deny their Maker altogether.  Some acknowledge His existence but keep Him at arms-length.  Still others put Him in a box and take Him out on a rainy day, when they need a pick me up.  Sadly, even as people of God, we can find ourselves just going through the motions, barely believing that God’s word is true.

Recently we saw the movie The Greatest Showman.  In the closing song of the movie, the main character P.T. Barnum sings these words:

“For years and years, I chased their cheers. The crazy speed of always needing more.  But from now on these eyes will not be blinded by the lights.  From now on what’s waited till tomorrow starts tonight!  And let this promise in me start, like an anthem in my heart. And we will come back home.  Home again!”

What if our souls took up the anthem that God is calling us to? He wants us to come back home. Back where we belong.  Let us “not run like someone running aimlessly; let us not fight like a boxer beating the air.  Run in such a way as to get the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9)  Why wait for tomorrow when it can start tonight?