Somewhere In the Middle
A lot of us think that summer starts at the beginning of June and wraps up at the end of August. Maybe it’s the rhythm of the school year, maybe it’s when the temperature rises and then begins to fall off, or maybe it’s family traditions. Whatever it is that makes you think that way it means that we just finished the half way mark for the summer. That means a bunch of us have taken a vacation, sent the kids off to a summer camp, helped with Vacation Bible School, took a road trip, or put our feet in the sand. That also means that some of us are still looking forward to time away that we’ve scheduled into the second half of the summer.
Living in the middle isn’t easy. As a matter of fact, Jesus tells the believers in the book of Revelation that living in the middle is not what he intended. Our Lord would rather have us living large in some way rather than just sitting in the middle. The biggest problem with living in the middle is that we are either remembering the past or looking forward to the future rather than accomplishing what Jesus has called us to do. The middle is a dangerous place to be. We can get caught up in lamenting that summer is half over or we can get caught up in counting the days until we get to go on vacation. Either way, we’re fixed on the past or the future instead of living fully in the moment, which is exactly where God wants us to be.
So, while this is the middle of the summer, it is not time to sit in the middle doing nothing. Let’s get busy moving the mission of God forward by Loving God, Loving Others and Making Disciples. See you Sunday.