How to update your Life Resume? Ask yourself these five questions:
What important experiences formed and shaped you?
What achievements have you accomplished over your life time?
What qualities and gifts are unique to you — that you know of or others say about you? What are your skills?
What are your Passions? What do you love to do?
In summary, where are you? Where have you been? And, where are you going?
As you look back, where has God been leading you — then — and now?
- What is your understanding of your situtation?
- What options are available?
- What are your Goals?
- What are you going to Do?
Many years ago people put all their prized possessions in a wagon and set off westward for a new life. They pressed on. And when they came to swollen streams and difficulty moving their wagons they left behind all sorts of prized possessions. They pressed on. They did not look back. The Oregon Trail was littered with prized possessions left behind.
Similarly, the apostle Paul regarded all his ‘possessions’ — his personal life resume of being circumcised, of the tribe of Benjamin, his great zeal as a prosecutor for righteousness, that he did it all ‘perfectly’…. Paul viewed all his ‘resume’ as ‘rubbish’ aka ‘excrament’ … Paul viewed all of his accomplishments as dead weight. Paul’s goal was to press on …. with the goal of Christ Jesus.
So — are your ‘accomplishments’ dead weight? Is it time to leave behind those accomplishments as dead weight and press on? Is it time to ‘pray and let God worry’ as Martin Luther said 500 years ago?
The above is based on a sermon by Pastor Dale Sollom-Brotherton, October 8, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church, Aptos, California. Services are at 10 AM on Sundays.
To hear Pastor Dale’s sermons, go to YouTube and search under Christ Lutheran Church Aptos — look for the Sermon for October 8.
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written by Cameron Jackson DrCameronJackson@gmail.com