September, 2020

Living life with a purpose/Making a Difference

I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord! (Psalm 139:14 The Passion Translation)

The game of sport is fascinating, and one in which I participated as a youth. As much as I enjoyed being a runner, my all-time favorite was playing the game of netball. It’s a sport mostly played in the UK and adopted by the British Colonies, including Antigua. The game has some similarities to basketball, except it does not have a backboard on the basket. Therefore, one must be very precise and strategic in getting a goal.

What I remember most vividly about playing that game was how our coach trained us. Each player learned to play at least two positions. He provided all of the techniques, and was very diligent and patient as we developed our skills. However, it was up to each player to put in the time necessary to be their best.

As I worked on preparing The United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd for our 2020 Charge Conference, I reflected on my days of playing netball. Each player is beckoned to focus on being one in Spirit. It is not about personal accolades, but getting to and winning the championship. Sports applies to so many principles of Christianity, such as Paul’s admonishment to us in Hebrews 12:1 to “Run the race of faith with endurance.”

Team of Good Shepherd, I would like to congratulate each player, who diligently worked to ensure that all 78 pages of our Charge Conference Report was completed and submitted on time. I will not list any names, as those of you know who you are and the contribution you made. Also, I extend profound appreciation to our cheerleaders, who showed up on ZOOM to share in the fellowship with Dr. Rev. Andrew Foster, District Superintendent. Regrets to those who attempted to connect, but encountered technical difficulties. I am also aware that some of you had to fulfill other obligations. At the same time, some chose not to join in. That is an issue between you and Jehovah. We celebrate and honor those who honored the time to glorify God, who judges the intent of the heart. Let’s press on to the goal.

Each day that we have the privilege to breathe, we should (with gratitude) do the work God assigns to us. I am grateful to work alongside each of you. Members of Good Shepherd, to stand and be the Church that emulates the principle of Jesus Christ, I submit to you this quote from John Wesley. “We have to be not almost Christians, but altogether Christians.”

Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 New Living Translation).

Your humble servant,

Pastor Olivet