It is really hard for me to wrap my head around how quickly this summer has gone by. As you read this, my family and I are headed home from vacation, and we will step into what has become our routine school year schedule – full of games, practices, and band trips – things I know to which many of you can relate. The old saying “The days go slow, but the years go fast” is becoming more and more of a reality for me as my kids grow older.
This reminded me that we must make the most of the time we are given. My thoughts took me to Paul, the apostle responsible for a large portion of the New Testament. Many of his letters were penned while he was chained to a Roman guard. Those letters still to this day bring us incredible instruction and encouragement regarding our faith and our call to serve Christ.
But the mental image of Paul in chains writing these letters prompted me to ask a different question: “What will I choose to do with my chains?” My chains, no doubt, look significantly different from what Paul’s did. But the choice remains – What will I choose to do with my chains?
I’m looking forward to being back home with you and worshiping God with you. I pray that you can join us on Sunday as we take a deep dive into Philippians 1:6-24 and look at the example Paul has laid out for us in this letter.