August has seen us reflecting on what it means to follow the Christian journey of life. We have looked at the account in Philippians chapter 3 on running the race.
I do not mean that I am already as God wants me to be. I have not yet reached that goal. But I continue trying to reach it and to make it mine. Christ wants me to do that. That is the reason Christ made me his. 13 Brothers, I know that I have not yet reached that goal. But there is one thing I always do: I forget the things that are past. I try as hard as I can to reach the goal that is before me. 14 I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize. That prize is mine because God called me through Christ to the life above.
We have also reflected on how we pass on the faith to others and the legacy that generations of followers have left.
We know that in this life we will never reach perfection and yet society often seems to expect perfection in such things as unrealistic targets, workloads, the top exam grades, the perfect home, a perfect family life. I could go on! It seems to me we are always in the fast lane and life goes by so fast that we often fail to appreciate the things we should and give ourselves permission to enjoy what we should.
We must learn to accept that life in all its richness can never be perfect. We can experience those moments but sooner or later there will be struggle, heartache and the rest.
The one thing that we should be trying to attain is I think what Jesus speaks of in his prayer that encompasses all and that is at onement with ourselves and with each other. Confidence in our identity and our purpose in life. Knowing who we are in Jesus and knowing Jesus is surely the most important thing of all. May we concentrate on that being our goal as we journey in faith.
As Church we must concentrate on this together as faith communities for this is what sets us apart and this is the thing that makes a difference that others can see.