As the church that serves the countryside, we commit ourselves to share Christ's love in action through our congregation, community, and the world.
Our friendships with each other is one of life's most meaningful gifts. A Greek poet once said, "Life has no gift or blessing like a prudent friend". How important are our relationships with our friends?
Interpersonal relationships are more important to us than most of us realize. When adults are asked to name the times when they were most happy, most seem to say that what makes them most happy or sad are personal relationship with other human beings. Those relationships can be more important than personal health, more important than work and more important than money or material things.
We all need stable relationships in our lives. Certainly there is value in an intimate friendship, even though we may risk being hurt by making ourselves vulnerable. Close friendships make us feel wanted and needed. They also help us discover that our own problems and feelings are not unique. Friends often have similar problems and joys to share.
Our lives are enriched through meaningful friendships. Perhaps more than any other factor, the quality of our human relationships determine the quality of our lives. This means that a high priority of our lives should be the building of significant relationships with family and friends through open and honest communication.
When we find ourselves in short supply of friendships, it is quite possible that we are not willing to devote our energies to it. We simply assume it will happen. But it doesn't. We need to take an interest in other people, and that requires time, effort and a deep concern.
Most of the time, we are somewhat guarded in what we share with each other. We often stick close to role-defined behavior or focus on our positive attributes to avoid rejection. If a relationship is going to develop, we have to take the risk of being honest with our feelings.
Face Your Fears
Life is an especially high - risk proposition. The stakes are extremely high. Total happiness or complete heartbreak is often a matter of difference in a step, a turn of a head, or an offhand decision. Misery may suddenly break upon our heads out of nowhere. We may display moments of confidence for one another, occasional acts of bravado, but is only the dishonest who never admit to fear in their lives. I believe that all of us dwell somewhere between comfortable security and fearful anxiety.
When we do meet with uncertainty, deep feelings of fear may arise. A full stomach may not please us today if we are not sure of tomorrows meal. but even in times of relative security, we can never forget how frail the heart is in the person we love most, how limited is our time together. We can never forget in our time of relative confidence how little we know, how prone we are to error. One philosopher said, "Man is but a reed - the weakest thing in nature...It is not necessary that the whole world should arm itself to crush him. A vapor, a drop of water is enough to kill him."
When life does have its terrifying moments, how do we survive them?
Eleanor Roosevelt said, "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing which comes along." The real danger in our lives lies in refusing to face fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take your confidence. You must do the thing you cannot do.
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Pastor Hans Lillejord sermon March 12,2017 is now online.
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Listen To The Coach
A distinguishing feature of our way of life in this era is the increasing number of people who are involved in athletics of one kind or another. Most young people now participate in some form of sports competition. While in the past, it was the domain of young men, today's world includes young women almost equally. Spectator sports are a major focus of leisure time in many of our lives.
Unfortunately, recently we have been confronted with many negatives in sports. Cheating seems to be common, drug use which enhances performance seem to be acceptable and money can help determine the outcome of events.
However, there are still many positive results which can come from athletic competitions. The results of disciplined practice, the thrills of pursuing goals and the wisdoms gained from winning and losing are just some of the benefits.
But there is another important lessons that successful athletes must learn. Regardless of athletic power and natural ability, every individual who has aspirations to succeed in the competitive world of sports must first listen to a coach - to listen to someone who has been there before, to a person whose judgment is shaped by long seasons of preparation and experience. It is the coach's advice and counsel that must be placed before the noisy urgings of the crowd and even one's own interest.
Life, in general, demands of us this same lesson. All of us, who participate in the contest of living must also learn to heed the voice of the coach because our success and happiness quite often depend on it.