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In this Sunday’s reading from the Gospels some of the disciples say to Jesus,’ everyone is looking for you.’ Jesus responds by saying that it is time to move on to neighboring towns and continue to spread the message of Good News and for Jesus to do more healing and teaching.  The implication is that the disciples wanted him to stay there and continue to do what he is doing.  Jesus sees things differently though. He is always looking forward to another place another person(s) to help.  All too often churches and people in general fall into the trap of comfortability, keeping things the way they are and not moving forward or progressing.  Churches often get stuck in the rut of sameness.  The popular and overused but true saying, ‘we’ve never done it that way before’ holds churches back from moving on and progressing in their faith and ministry. 

I am using the work progressing on purpose.  One definition of progress is ‘a movement towards a goal or to a further or higher stage.  That is what everyone should work for in life, making progress in their own lives and the lives of those around, making life better.  Remaining stagnant in life and in faith is in effect going backwards.  One of the easiest ways to progress is to increase prayer, Bible reading and commitment to a local church.  We are all progressive.  We all make progress in our lives whether it is faith related or not. 

Years ago I thought I wanted to learn how to play the piano so began taking lessons.  When I told this to one of my co-workers he said, why would you want to do that?  I told him why and his response was that he had done everything he had wanted to do in life.  I thought how sad that was.  Where was the progress in his life?  Was he not going to learn more and try new things?  Being progressive is a natural human trait.  While it has gotten some bad press in the political arena lately, being progressive is living like God intended us to live always looking for the next opportunity just as Jesus did when he said, let’s go to the next town, there is more to be done there.  May you progress in your life with the help of God.

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MAYFLOWER CONGREGATIONAL UCC

2900 County Barn Rd 
Naples, Florida 34112

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