Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

“So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.” 
Philippians 1:9-11 (MSG)
As we end one year and enter into another, most of us have some sort of anticipation for what is coming up.  Those anticipations may come in the form of resolutions and goals or they may come in the form of worry and complaint.  But the anticipation is there. As you take time to process your anticipations for 2019, honestly evaluate if those things you expect are things that Jesus, in His perfect love, would expect for you.  
His love in and through our lives should lead us toward patient anticipation, free from demand. 
His love in and through our lives should causes us to anticipate that the best is possible in each person. 
His love in and through our lives should protect and trust and hope and persevere in all things. 
If 2018 was not a year you were proud of, it’s not the end of your story.  Christ’s love covers all your failure.  Those failures do not define you going into 2019. 
If 2018 was a good year for you, take those “bountiful fruits from your soul” into 2019 and learn how to make Christ all the more attractive to everyone around you.  
The journey of our life is a journey to learn to love appropriately; to love as Christ loves us.  And I’m grateful that we get to take this journey together. 
We’ll see you this Sunday. 
God Bless,
Cris Buck