My family and I have been working hard on settling down in Ft. Wayne this week. Driver’s licenses, voter registration, tag, title, library card, and a dryer. Most but not all the boxes are unpacked. We’ve been here about three weeks and we are getting into our new lives. Lives we plan to live here with you for a long time to come.
Settling down is different from settling for what we are or what we have. We as a family and as individuals have goals. Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” He meant we should always be looking at who we are, why we do what we do, and what we want to be. We as individuals should never just settle. Jesus calls us to grow closer to him and more into his image.
The same is true of us as a church. When a church is a long time without a pastor they often struggle to keep going. Decisions about the future are put off until the new pastor arrives. Surviving is enough for the moment.
I am here. No more settling.
We need to make decisions about who we are, what we are going to be, and why. We are not going to just settle for existence; to do so would neither be healthy nor honoring to Christ. We are not going to settle for the same old same old. We are not settling for survival. We are going to thrive.
This, however, is not going to happen just on my say-so or my actions alone.
You must choose.
Are you willing to just settle?