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I Give Up

“I Give Up” On December 31, 1999, I was living the good life and was in control of every aspect of my life.  I was the Vice President of Operations for an up and coming homebuilding company married with a seven year old boy and had just moved into my dream home.  I took my family to Las Vegas to celebrate New Year’s Eve. My life was turning out to be exactly what I had wanted. Then came New Year’s Day, 2000.  Though the world didn’t end, as some had expected, my world began a spiral out of control.  My then wife told me she wanted a divorce but that she thought it best that our son live with me.  Living on only one income, a few months later, we had to move out of my dream home. For the next couple of years I was a single dad trying to keep my head above water.  Then I was told my services were no longer needed at the company that I helped start. What happened to all that control? After a couple of years, things began to turn around.  We moved down to Central Texas, I wound up working for another homebuilder, again as Vice President of Operations, met a wonderful lady and began dating.  Three years later we were married. I was, once again, in control of my life. Then, in late 2008 and early 2009, things began to spiral out of control…AGAIN!  The homebuilding industry was crashing, along with many of the nations banking industry.  The homebuilder I was working for virtually stopped selling houses because no one was buying them.  Once again, with a family of four to help support, I lost my job. Life is like that.  We, all too often, think we have control over our lives only to find that the control we have can be taken away in the blink of an eye.  Fortunately, at least for Christians, we have hope in the knowledge that God is ultimately in control. This Wednesday, March 6th, begins the Christian season of Lent.  Lent is a season leading up to Easter Sunday in which Christians spend time in self-examination and reflection of their spiritual lives and on our relationship with God, how much we rely on him and how he always comes through for us.  Many of us choose to give something up for Lent or take on a new practice that draws us closer to God. In our church we begin the season of Lent with an Ash Wednesday worship service.  I’d like to invite you all to begin your Lenten journey with us this Wednesday, March 6th, at 6:30 PM, as we begin to focus on our relationship with God. I’d also like to invite you to worship this Sunday as we begin a new series of messages, “Give it Up!” In Christ, Pastor Scott Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33, CEB)