This Christmas season is so…. 2014. What will 2015 look like for you?
Since I will be taking a few weeks off at the end of the year from my It’s Monday reflections, I am using this week to invite you to something new in the new year. Actually, you are invited to something old.
In contrast to a culture that worships the latest products, the trendiest fads, and the most novel ideas about what we should think, we are reaching back to the simplest expressions of who we are and what we have been called to be and do. We have been called to Love: our God, our neighbor and ourselves. Nothing new about that.
God created this world in love and for love that we can be loved and show love.
So in 2015, we will be launching a Start Something Old-30 Day Challenge. Sounds gimmicky you say? Maybe. But, this challenge is simply a way to re-connect you with what is the core of a following Jesus life. In Jesus’ words, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind… You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Mt. 22:37-39)
We love God by learning God’s story and being around God’s people. We love our neighbor by paying attention to them, listening to their story, and offering ourselves in ordinary way to both friends and strangers. We love ourselves by first receiving God’s gift of love and then creating space and time to do those things that make us most alive.
We will provide you with a simple guide for the challenge on Christmas Eve. It will also be available on our website and in subsequent worship services.
It’s Monday. 2015 will soon be upon us. Get ready to Start Something Old. Peace. Kai