September 24, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: Move On

Brother-Aaron-236x300When you write as much as I do you are constantly in the acquisition mode for subject material. So, whenever I run across something, I write it down.

Consequently, I have many bits, pieces, and scraps of information that I refer to from time to time for inspiration. Unfortunately, I am better at writing down the subject material than where I heard it or who said it.

So, when I get ready to use something, often all I have is the subject material.  Such is the case today.

Somewhere along the way I read, “You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” I also read, “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.” Both statements are very true.

Have you ever encountered someone who had an event transpire in their life so cataclysmic that they just can’t get over it? You know what I’m talking about. Maybe it was the tragic death of a loved one. Perhaps it was a bitter divorce. It could have been a wayward child that was sentenced to prison. It could a million things. But whatever the event is not important.

What’s important is that it has caused their life to become as a moment forever frozen in time. It consumes them. It controls them. It defines their identity. And sadly, they can’t move past it and it is slowly killing them.

I’ve had some pretty cataclysmic events occur in my life. Nowhere do I find it written in the Bible that life is fair and that just because I’m a Christian everything in my life will always be peaches and cream. Naw! In fact, the opposite is true.

The Bible teaches that God causes His rain to fall on the just as well as the unjust. Life ain’t fair! But here is truth: Regardless of how bad the event is that occurred, at some point in time we must find the power to move on. If we stay in the waters of sorrow too long – we’ll drown!

And listen, while folk may love us and be sympathetic to our circumstances; there will come a time they will grow weary of hearing about them! There comes a time we have to move on with life!

I remember when I was the pastor of Stovall Baptist Church. The Scott family had their annual reunion. Nothing doing but this twenty-something-year-old pastor had to attend.

After the meal, we divided into teams, setup the volleyball net, took off our shoes, and went at it. We set a red brick up as the back boundary marker. Somebody hit the ball toward the backline. Forgetting about the brick, I took off like a banshee after the ball. I punted that brick with my toe. I broke it! It hurt so bad that it took a few seconds to even start hurting.

For six to eight weeks afterward my toe found every chair and table leg in the house! If you would have encountered me, I would have rehearsed my story to you. But somewhere along the way, healing occurred. I moved on. Do I remember that I broke my toe? Oh yea! I always will! But the pain associated with it is gone.

Life hurts! Life ain’t fair! Sometimes it sucker punches you! You get knocked into the water. And yes, you may frail around for a while. But there comes a time you’ve got to get yourself out of the water and move on. There comes a time you must stop re-reading the last chapter of your life so you can start the next.

Perhaps somebody reading this article today needs to hear this truth: Life is hard, but God is good. He loves you. He really does! So, stop re-reading the last chapter of your life and start the next. And remember: You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there. Move on!

Brother Aaron

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