Monday, December 28, 2009

2009 historic or not?

Well, there are four days left in 2009 and then it's history. I wonder if it really will be historic or just another year that's history? In some ways every year is historic - because significant things happen in people's lives in each calendar year. On the other hand years like 1776 stick out for everyone in America because of the significant and society-altering things that happened in that July and following. What will be said about 2009 fifty years from now. Will it be historic or not?

Well, some things in history you can't predict: 9/11 bombings, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Assassination of JFK, etc.... They become immediately historic because of the number of people they affect and the resulting consequences. But someone planned for them to be historic. Someone dared to do something so radical that the whole world took notice (even if many of these were terrible atrocities and motivated by evil men). History was altered because someone or some group of people decided to do something radical.

Here's where I'm going with this rambling: What if I or a group of people decided to do something radical with our faith? Not in the name of being radical, but just because we fall completely in love with Jesus. Could I make this a historic year for the cause of Christ if I sacrificed more, prayed more, served others more, fell out of love with this world and more in love with Jesus? Could our church make this a historic year if our focus became Christ and his eternal kingdom and not the stuff we spend our money and lives on? And how will Christians respond to the unknown historic events that we may face in the upcoming year? Something to think about.

By the way, I think 2009 has been a great year and God has done a lot of great things in us, through us, around us, etc... But maybe next year could be historic.

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