WHEN IT'S TIME TO MAKE A U-TURN

Some of my childhood experiences are different than other kids my age. I didn’t grow up on Sesame Street.  If the TV was on, we watched whatever Dad wanted to watch. Some of what were “classics” that many my age have been exposed to, I know nothing about. Alice in Wonderland is one of those!

 

This week I learned of the following powerful dialogue in the 1865 English novel: 

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?

The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.

Alice: I don't much care where.

The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.

 

If you don’t have a destination in mind for your journey, it doesn’t matter which road you take or which direction you head. If you just want to go somewhere, any road, and any turn on that road, will do just fine.

 

As people who follow Jesus, we have a destination in mind. Our goal is to become more and more like Jesus. So every road we take and every turn on the road matters a great deal. Some roads will lead to a fuller expression of faith in Jesus, looking more and more like Jesus. But other roads will lead us away from this destination.

 

What happens when you take the wrong road? Sometimes it takes a while to discover you are on the wrong road, because there are not always clear signs pointing out that you are going in the wrong direction. But when you do discover your choices have taken you down the wrong road, it’s imperative to take a U-turn as soon as possible! 

 

This weekend in worship we will explore what it means to take a U-turn in life and where in our lives we might need to do that now. We’ll look at the biggest U-turn in the early church, when Saul became Paul and turned his life toward Jesus. Our U-turns may be far less dramatic, but powerfully important, nonetheless.

 

This summer, at Worship without Walls (which begins Wednesday, June 15), we will explore five mile markers on the road that takes us to becoming more like Jesus. Our format for the “worship” portion of our time together will be conversational and intergenerational. Worship will be life-giving as we explore together the truths that You Can’t Do Life Alone (practicing fellowship), Growing People Change (exploring discipleship and U-turns), Saved People Serve People (a focus on missions), Found People Find People (sharing our Jesus story with others), and Worship is a Lifestyle. Please follow this link to register the whole family for Worship without Walls on the first and third Wednesday nights this summer. You will be blessed by sharing a time of food, worship and serving together. I hope you’ll join us!  We can’t do life alone!

 

Blessings,
Pastor Becky Jo

 

 

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