As our children get older, it becomes harder and harder for them to find a balance in their lives between what is the cool thing to do and what is the right thing to do. Even as adults, we face the same problem in our daily lives trying to balance what we should be doing with what brings us more success or fame. While we were at the Diakonia Center summer camp last week, many of the campers had this question: “How can we be cool and look cool but at the same time be humble and honest like our parents and the church want us to be?” The answer is: It’s not easy to be humble and successful at the same time, but it is possible. We just need to look to Christ and the way He lived His life for the answer.
In this Sunday’s Epistle reading to Philippians, Paul reminds us that Jesus had a choice of how to live His life here on Earth. He is an entity equal to God, with all the powers and glory of God. He was able to come to down and live the life of a king, have power over the people and rule the world, forcing everyone to follow Him. That would have been the easy way to fame, fortune and power. Instead, He chose to be born in human form, as a servant, and to live a humble life without any special privileges. He chose to serve the people instead of having them serve Him. He helped everyone He could and acted selflessly throughout His life, to such an extent that He allowed them to crucify Him for the better of humanity. He gave us His “All.” And in return, He gained the love, respect, and faith of the world. He was the “coolest guy ever!”
Now it is our turn to live our lives to the fullest. The theme of our summer camp last week was “All In.” We need to be All In with everything in our lives. We need to start with 100% and end with 100% and never quit when it gets hard. This is especially true when we are talking about our faith and commitment to God. It is easy to just say that we have faith and we believe in God. But we need to show it. We need to prove it by always doing what is right, not just what might be easy or cool. Search deep in your heart and God will guide you in the right direction. Be All In with faith and prayer. Be All In with love and kindness. Be All In with everything in your life and God will help you to achieve all your dreams.
Let us all start being All In this week by registering for all the youth and adult ministries that our church has to offer. We are blessed with a church that provides us with a safe place to learn together, work together, help together, play together, and worship together.