Thursday, May 19, 2011

Earliest Memories

I'm kicking off a new 3-part series this weekend titled "Memories." It has me reflecting about life; my life and the multiple THOUSANDS of memories that often swirl around in my mind. There are a ton of memories, both good and bad, that take up space on the hard drive of my heart.

You know how on computers you can empty the "trash can" of your deleted files? Generally, on both PCs and Macs, there's the dialogue box that says, "Are you sure you want to permanently delete these files?" This question used to bug me when I first starting using computers. I always thought when I initially deleted them that they were GONE. Yet now my computer was telling me they were still there and I had to take an extra step to FULLY eliminate them from the hard drive.

As I peruse, particularly the painful memories of my past, I wish, I really do, that I could permanently delete them. The cool part is that in Jesus Christ I AM a new person. So even without the ability to fully forget, with the Holy Spirit's power living inside of me, I can be set free from my past to live a reinvigorated life in the present.

They say there are two things true of every person, "death and taxes." I'm going to add a third, "memories." Mine aren't the same as yours, and vice versa, but we've all experienced things, some good, some bad. The question then is, how do we live a positive life of freedom in Christ right here and right now? Do not miss this weekend or any weekend over the next three weeks as we tackle this topic! It's going to be GOOD, really good!!!

See you this weekend,

Tim Celek
Lead Pastor
The Crossing