Bend-A-Knee Weekly Sermon 06/27/2024

There is a word in the English language that carries with it the connotation of disappointment, the word is “almost.” The word implies that whatever was attempted was not achieved or even more devastating, something was never tried at all. I cannot image a gloomier epitaph than “almost.” Things not quite accomplished, just about completed, nearly done; how sad, that one did not or could not continue on course until whatever was started was finally finished. Sometimes “life” gets in the way of finishing something that was started. But there are many instances of people just faltering along the road to completion leaving behind the regret of not finishing whatever was started.

I believe that even more devastating than not following through with something until completion is the “almost” connected with not attempting something. Excuses reign in regard to not even attempting things. It is so sad that one will never know how different their life would be if they just moved forward in a bold move or maybe just acting on 30 seconds of insane courage to begin the process of engagement toward a particular project or in regard to confronting their fear.

How difficult it must be for God to view His children that go through life with an “almost” mentality. Blessings that were never known, avenues that were never explored, experiences that were played out only in one’s mind all because excuses took control over your life. “I almost acted on The Holy Spirit’s prompting. I just couldn’t bring myself to act on God’s calling; I wanted to but by the time I convinced myself to act the opportunity had passed by, but I almost took action!”

Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may you ask God to help you move beyond being an “almost disciple” of Christ. May you seek God’s help in not living the “almost” life in regard to God’s direction. What excuse can you possibly give God that will justify your response to your “almost” attitude when giving an account of your inaction?

May “almost” not be the word associated with your life in Christ. I know it is terrifying to replace “almost” with “always” but is there really any other acceptable response to the Holy Spirit…? Two words with six letters, both staring with “al,” but the last four indicate your response to the Holy Spirit’s prompting. Which word will define your life in Christ?

Stay connected to God & to others

God’s Peace,

Pastor Mike

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