Milestones 7/17/23

When we look back, what milestones do we see? What holds a special place in our minds and hearts? We all have things we remember, special times and events. Many of those are made during our vacations. Summertime is a great time for making memories. What are some of the milestones that mark our journey? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

When we reflect on the life we lived we see the milestones, the memories that mark out our walk. We see the places of our greatest successes and sometimes our biggest disappointments. We remember the times we spent with friends and family, taking in the joys this life has to offer. What are some of your favorite memories?

In life we experience a wide variety of things. We go through highs and lows. We have joy and pain. As the writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us there is a time for everything under the heaven;

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8,niv, There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to me, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Dealing with the racing community I’ve noticed something; racers are a unique breed; they can see victory even in situations that, to others, look like a failure. Racers see the positives in life more than the negatives. I think we could all learn something from that; racers have the ability to see past even the worst adversity and find a silver lining. Even through the challenging times racers know there will always be another day to race.

Racers mark their milestones by the first time they do something while most everyone else marks their milestones by when they complete something; first car, first race, first checkered flag, first sponsor and more. I guess it just means that racers expect to do it again. They have an expectation that tomorrow will be better than yesterday.

In life we face the same challenges, the same ups and downs, and the same disappointments. As we look back our memories sit as milestones along the path of our life. We can list the common ones; birth, graduation, job, marriage, children, home, retirement, and the list goes on. The events of our life that mean the most to us are life changing events. They change the course of our lives. Christ came with one desire in His heart, to provide the opportunity for Salvation to everyone; to change our lives for the best. 

Romans 6:23; NLT; For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

To provide us with that gift meant Christ would have to give His life as a sacrifice for us. His entire purpose was to sacrifice himself for us. He marked that milestone with three simple words, “It is finished” in the 19th chapter of John’s gospel. There are many important events in the life of Christ that are recorded in Scripture but the most important one is this, he accomplished on the cross what we could not do for ourselves. He paid the price for our sin.

We are forgiven because of this sacrifice. We have a restored relationship with God because of this sacrifice. We can live an abundant life because of His sacrifice and His victory over death, His resurrection.

As you reflect on the milestones of your life, is there one there that marks the day you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior? Is there one that marks the day you followed Christ in Baptism? There should be. That milestone is where your life changed. You began anew, you were born again!

If that milestone isn’t there allow me to help you mark it. I invite you to truly mean and pray this simple prayer:

“Dear God, help me. I have tried and have fallen short of the life you want for me. I am a sinner. Nothing I can do can save me from my sin, I need Jesus. I ask Him into my life. This day, this moment, I receive Jesus as my personal Savior. I submit to Him as my Lord and King. I turn from my sins and turn toward You. I receive your forgiveness and will strive to live for your glory. I receive your Holy Spirit to dwell richly within me. I ask for this in Jesus’ Name. Thank you Father for saving me. Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer there is a new milestone in your life, a day worthy of remembering. One that marks the day you were saved from the penalty of sin and welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven. Congratulations. I invite you to share your decision with us so that we might celebrate with you also. We are here to walk alongside in your new journey.


Pastor Don

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