Reflections on My Present

Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator

Last week in our “Reflections” series we talked about the past and how we all have to make peace with it in our own way. This week we talked about the present.

For many of us, life in the present is discouraging. In a study, psychologist William Moulton Marston asked three thousand people what they had to live for. He was shocked when ninety-four percent stated that they were enduring the present while waiting for the future. Have you ever felt like that? Have you ever wanted to skip forward in life to a better time? Why does God allow life to be so difficult? In the sermon, Cal gave five reasons that God allows us to experience hardships in life:

  1. To Help Us Persevere
  2. To Give Us Perspective
  3. To Keep Us Dependent Upon Him
  4. To Remind Us to “Look Up!”
  5. To Equip Us to Help Others

We focus on what is; God envisions what could be. What is happening right now could very well be preparing you for something big in the future. Be sure to come back for Easter when we conclude this series by looking into what lies ahead, and the hope contained in the words Christ is Risen.

Verses and quotes from the sermon:

Psalm 90:12; James 1:2-5; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Psalms 121:1-2;  2 Corinthians 1:4-5; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 1:42

“The days are long, but the years are short.”  John Ortberg

“If we cannot believe God when circumstances seem to be against us, we do not believe him at all.” Charles Spurgeon

“Whatever you need, God is greater. Whatever you’re going through, God is bigger, Whatever your weakness, God is stronger.” Ray Johnston

Big Idea:  We focus on what is; God envisions what could be.

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About The Author
- I am the programming coordinator at Central Christian Church AZ. I also moderate the Central Teaching Blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!