Recently I had the opportunity to take a journey down memory lane while I visited my college alma mater. While I was there I also visited the campus ministry I was a part of for six years; 4 years attending as a student and two years working there in full-time ministry after I graduated.
My relationship with God and my spiritual life were dramatically impacted for the better through my time there. It’s a place that holds so many years of memories. Many of my closest friendships began during that time. It was so nostalgic and special to visit again after 11 years!
On the campus ministry’s property there is a large church building (affectionately known as the bomb shelter) that was built in the ‘70s. It will soon have to be completely torn down and replaced due to ongoing structural problems.
I have spent countless, transformative hours in that building since the age of 18 and it’s sad to think that my recent visit could be the last time I get to go inside before it’s gone forever.
There have been a few times over the years that I have thought, maybe I could move back there and work in college ministry again. I love that age group, those transformational college years, and I so loved my time there.
But this time as I sat in that building, my thoughts took a different turn.
On the wall is lettering that quotes Jesus saying, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations”(Mark 11:17).
As I kept staring at that sentence I felt like God was calling me forward, not back.
Even though it was nostalgic and fun and so special to visit, Jesus is calling me forward. And He’s calling you forward, too. That means different things for each of us, but He has much for us to do NOW.
Not back then. Now.
Although I’m not that old yet, after my recent birthday I’m beginning to feel my age more and more. I’m reminded of how short life is and that whatever God has given me to do, I’d best get on with it.
Have you ever felt that way?
It really doesn’t matter what age you are. God still has more for you!
I recently heard about a man in his 80s who lives in Northern Ireland. He came to know Jesus last year and he said before he died He just wanted to lead one person to faith. He has now led many, many people to faith and he’s just getting started!
There is so much that is possible.
In fact, with God, all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
What are you passionate about? What makes your heart sing? What gifts and abilities has God given you that you’ve been sitting on…waiting…..burying…hesitating to use?
Well, here’s our wake up call. Let’s get moving!
Loving people, helping others, using the gifts God has given us, and sharing the gracious gospel of Jesus with others.
+What do you need to begin today that in a year’s time you will be glad you started now?
+What have you been hanging on to from the past that you need to let go of in order to live more fully in the present and move into the future?
+Is there someone you need to forgive from your past? Or maybe forgive yourself?
It’s great to take some time occasionally to remember the past. But don’t get stuck there. Be present now and keep moving forward with God. It’s the best adventure ever!