Day 5 Back Seat Driver

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors and set them above the crowd. 

Hebrews 11:1 (MSG)

Ok I am guilty…I am a back seat driver. You know the guy who sits in the passenger seat and tells the driver what they are doing wrong. I have always been the “driver” in our family. Whenever we go anywhere, that could be a trip to the mall or on a long road trip, I am the driver. I wish I could say it wasn’t a control issue that I have but it is. There are many things in my life I don’t need to control but where we are going as a family is definitely one of them.

You know that feeling when someone else is driving and you are in the passenger’s seat hitting your fake gas and brake pedals! You say to yourself  “if I kick this floorboard hard enough I’m pretty sure it will stop this car.”

Over the last year our Not Just a Building campaign has left me feeling a lot like I do when I’m riding shotgun in the car. I have been overwhelmed at times because of the uncontrollable circumstances that happen in life and I have been blessed by the faithfulness God has shown me. I have heard more stories than I can count about how God has shown up with unexpected financial blessings that would cover the amounts pledged to NJAB and I have also heard the stories where unexpected job loss or health issues have turned NJAB pledges into forgotten dreams.

Hebrews 11:1 talks about our acts of faith and how it set us apart from the rest of our world. If right now you’re discouraged because you have been on detour roads for the last year my prayer for you is that you rest in the faith that our God is greater, stronger, and higher than any circumstance you may be going through. It’s hard work and for most of us we are not going to open up the mailbox one day and a check for the exact amount will be sitting there. Looking at our finances and sacrificing on the things we really don’t need right now will allow us to reach the goals we have set as a Church. Let us continue to pray for one another that we give up control and allow God to lead us over the next year.

Next Step:

What are some financial sacrifices you can make?