“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” – John 1:29
Story is essential to our lives. Our story defines us as who we were, who we are, and who we will be. Lives lived as sons and daughters, wives and husbands, leaders and servants. All gets crammed together into your being as that which has come to define you based on those experiences. For example, how you were raised defines your parenting. How you interacted with the opposite sex as a child defined your dating life as an adult. How money and property were discussed and managed, influences the ways you handle those things today.
There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven:… - Ecclesiastes 3:1
All of us live between two points, the date of our birth and the date of our falling asleep in Christ. When the youth group and I did our cemetery scavenger hunt, one of the lessons I gave to them was the importance of the “dash”. I borrowed it from another pastor, true, but it speaks of the journey we have between our entrance into this life and our departing into the next. Seeing that dash as this season to live for God, and to serve as we are called. Some of us live on the edge of wondering if we have done enough. We live with the realization of our sin foremost in our mind (this includes your pastor as well) and needing the forgiveness that only comes from Jesus.