Called, Driven, or Chilling?

What type of lens do you look through when you think about your life? I know that’s a pretty heavy question and, in truth, the answer might change throughout your lifetime. Perhaps there was a time when you felt driven to succeed, to accomplish your or your employer’s goals, to climb up a few rungs on the economic ladder, or to insure that you have adequate finances to last through your retirement. There may be a shift in attitude upon retirement from being “driven” to “chilling.”
 
This is not to say that you don’t have plans or don’t want to serve in some way, it’s just a reminder that there has been a change from “what I have to do” to “I’m retired-and I don’t have to.”
 
Those who have been driven most of their lives sometimes experience times on an emotional rollercoaster before they get to the “chilling” or “retired” mindset (I confess–I’m speaking from experience!) I never considered myself driven; busy–yes, but not driven.
 
The ‘called’ mindset begins with the recognition of my new identity in Christ as His beloved child: He “called” me out of the world to enjoy a relationship with Him through faith in His death and resurrection. But the relationship He established with me is one in which He continually calls me to both “come and go.”
 
He urges me to draw near to Him, to enjoy sweet times of being close to Him, as His Spirit continues to reveal insights from His Word, to hear our prayers and to speak to us through the same, and to encourage us as we worship. This time of drawing near to Him also increases my ability to recognize His voice when we engage in our daily activities. St. Paul
declared us to be “God’s workmanship,” who were created and sent for a purpose: to do the good works which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Pursuing our “calling” provides a necessary corrective to wrong attitudes that can happen in those who are driven, chilling, or any other personality description.
“When it’s all been said and done,” states Robin Mark in a song by that title, “There is just one thing that matters: did I do my best to live for truth, did I do my best for you?” The song closes with a challenging reminder about what matters most,
and, therefore, the lens through which we view life: “When it’s all been said and done, You’re my life when life is gone.” 
 

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Qualities of Calvary by Pastor Ed Grant

In a recent conversation with Jim Roberts, he spoke about two outstanding qualities that characterize Calvary: the congregation as an extended family and a passion for worship. I completely agree; both of these embody the reasons Sue and I were anxious to remain at Calvary when I retired. I would add a heart to serve others’ as an additional quality that continues to excite me about ministry at Calvary.
 
I am also happy and willing to serve again on a part-time basis as interim pastor until God guides us to a new pastor. In my retirement I had assisted Pastor Adam in making calls on members who can no longer attend worship and are homebound most of the time. But I did miss preaching and teaching and am glad to have the opportunity to share God’s Word with you once more! 
 
I have a sense that the Holy Spirit is blowing over us in a fresh way – do you sense it? New families showing up at worship, an excitement about our Summer’s End Family Celebration, a joyful stirring in our time of worship – and some God appointed opportunities to share the Gospel and to exercise Jesus’ authority over the forces of darkness – all are a cause for excitement for this old pastor!
 
But reaching out also requires that we reach down. A tall tree that reaches many feet above the ground is only as strong as the roots that reach deep into the earth. In the same way, the effectiveness of a congregation’s ministry is directly related to its commitment to fervent prayer. I invite you to join me in praying for the following needs:
  • The Spirit’s leading of our call committee.
  • The Summer’s End Family Celebration
  • For God to bring guests to Calvary, who need to hear the Good News about His love for us in Jesus and to experience His touch as we worship.
  • For God to open up new opportunities to reach the retirement generation.
As Paul wrote to the Galatian congregations: “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). When the Holy Spirit is moving, our challenge will be to keep up with Him!

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