Monday, January 4, 2016

It's Not Too Late

It is not too late. For many of us that simple statement is hard to believe. Many of us have bought into the lie that it is too late. The longer we believe that it is too late the truer it becomes. I have heard it from couples who are headed for a divorce: “We want to save our marriage but it’s just too late.” Grown sisters as their Mom is placed in Hospice care, coordinate their visits so they don’t have to run into each other: It’s just too late to make amends.  I hear it from the addict who says the addiction to heroin is too powerful, its too late spoken from a 19 year old. A fourteen year old kid comes home, locks himself in his room to play video games. His parents try to follow him on Facebook and Twitter but he blocks him. It’s too late.  I hear it in the husband that comes home, plops down in the lazy boy, turn on the flat screen, his wife comes home but neither acknowledges the other. They both want something different. A commercial comes on, both want to go to the bedroom, hold hands and pray for their children… but there is that awkwardness, he had missed his chance.. it’s just too late.. 

We find ourselves saying that a lot; “it’s just too late.” The children are too old, the marriage is too cold, the friend is too angry, and the dead are too painful, the addiction is too powerful, the reputation is too shot. It’s just too late. That is a lie that many of us believe. It is a lie that is told to us whenever we want to try something different We live in a culture where individualism is valued, we find that times of struggle often seem lonely and hopeless. But we were never meant to live life on our own--and it's not too late to ask for help. We think about making a change then we are told it’s just too late.
Over the next few weeks we will be discovering the truth that it is not too late to make changes in our life. We will uncover how if we have the courage to ask for help it will change the trajectory of the rest of our life.
We will begin with Jesus’ encounter with a crippled man who felt the exact same way. He had been in the same situation in life for 38 years. That is a long time for things to never change. But that one minute beside the pool of Bethzatha, Jesus healed him and changed his life forever. We too can learn from this man’s story. Join us for this exciting sermon series as we debunk the lie that it’s too late for change in our life. Because the truth is it’s not too late to ask for help.
Peace, Love and Happiness

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