January 2021

Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior! May praise be ever on your lips, and joy always in your heart.
This month, my ponderings turn to “Adrenaline”. When have you had an adrenaline rush? Can you remember? Your heart pounds, your pupils dilate, your reflexes are on high alert. It’s when that car pulls out in front of you and you can’t quite find the words to express yourself. Or, maybe you can find the words, but the point is that “adrenaline rush” really gets you ALIVE!
Sometimes we do it on purpose. We “Grab a tiger by the tail and hold on!” Have you done that? In that moment you decide to “go all in”, “no holding back”. Gamblers get addicted to that adrenaline rush. Junkies can’t stop. It’s the adrenaline rush that makes people rappel off of cliffs, jump out of airplanes or rush down a ski slope (not the bunny trail). Sometimes Christians do it. Of course, there’s the casual Christian who never risks anything and never really gets much out of their faith. There’s even a poem about that guy: “There was a very cautious man who never laughed or played. He never risked, he never tried, he never sang or prayed. And when at last he passed away his insurance was denied. They said because he never lived, he never could have died.” I hope you are not “that guy”.
So why think of adrenaline in 2021? I have a hunch that this is going to be an adrenaline pumping year. For some of us, we are likely flying to Israel! That should be a rush. As a denomination, after fifty plus years, there should be a major turning point. This change is like walking through a door that locks behind us. There is no going back. What is ahead? Not sure. Does that make your heart pump a little faster? At Glossbrenner, after thirteen years of talk, we have committed our resources to build a lift instead of an elevator. Is it the best move? Is now the best time? Hope so. Think so, but we are committed. No turning back. Keep our eyes fixed on God, grab on to his coat tails, then look out. There is no telling what might happen.
Barbara and I have had many occasions where we said “Yes” to God’s call, held on to his coat tails and had adrenaline pumping adventures. Hardships? Oh, yes. Setbacks? You bet you. It makes us cry sometimes when we think about it. Regrets? Not a chance. God called. We went. I hope we never back down from that “chance to dance”. How about you? Ready to go on a God adventure? 2021 looks like an adventure filled year. I pray that you say “Yes” when God calls. Don’t die with the “Woulda coulda shouldas” banging around in your head. Let’s roll!
Happy Adventurous New Year! Pastor Brian