Perseverance to Maintain the Momentum

Do you ever have times in your life when you cannot seem to get ahead? You feel like you do not have enough money, time, or energy to handle life. We are experiencing one of those times in our family. There are not enough hours in the day to accomplish what we feel we need to accomplish. We feel the financial pressure as several household appliances need to be replaced and the list of home repairs seems to grow. In the midst of these times, I know I struggle with being a good steward of what God has given me. Part of this struggle is the temptation to put God and seeking His will on the back shelf.

These temptations can take on many forms. If we do not go to Church this Sunday, this will allow us to catch up. I cannot serve in this area because I am too tired and do not have the energy to do it well. If I stop or reduce tithing, I’ll have extra money to replace broken items and make those home repairs. If I yield to these temptations, I take God out of the equation. My focus turns to how I can solve the problems and takes seeking the Lord’s guidance away. If I reflect back on life, I have numerous examples of how God has provided during these times. I see how the solution is about Him and not me. I reflect on several verses: Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they?”; Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus”; 1 Peter 5:8-10, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same

kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” I know God has a way through any temptation, and I need to seek His will and not do it myself.

We are about to enter summer where there are new challenges, opportunities, and additional drains on our resources. Our Church experiences similar drains on its budget to support many great summer programs. Currently, our Church is over $100K short in meeting budgeted expenditures. We have great programs offered over the coming months
especially ministering to our children and youth. As a Church, we just finished recognizing our graduating seniors. Some other youth events include Summer Youth Camp and the Building on the Border Mission Trip. There are exciting times for the children with numerous events planned including Preteen Camp, Family Olympic Game Night, Art Camp, Super Hero Camp, Upward Basketball/Cheer Camp, Vacation Bible School, and San Antonio Aquarium.

I know we can overcome any temptation to put God on the back shelf. Collectively we can address any budget shortfall. The Lord will use children, youth, and other summer programs to minister to our members and reach the community. Let’s maintain the momentum our Church is experiencing. We can use our collective time, treasures, and talents to successfully spring into summer.

Wayne Thurman
Stewardship Team Chair