Remember when we rented videos from the video rental store?

As much as I love the convenience of today of staying home, downloading and streaming, there was something special about heading to the store and picking out something to watch.

You could spend an hour there and come up with nothing. Or you could know exactly what you wanted just to find out that someone else had already rented it right before you. That was always a bummer! We used to check the return bin just in case someone had turned our movie in and the store didn’t know it yet. That was like Christmas day if that happened! 

There was always a message on the video tape that said, Be Kind, Rewind. It was special video etiquette for the next person. It was like, “Hey, let me get this ready for you so that all you gotta do is popcorn, park it and press play.”

Good times. What does this have to do with this post? Nothing much. Sorry. I wrote rewind and it forced me down memory lane. I just wanted to set up a series of posts coming at you that will help us to keep in mind that sometimes we gotta rewind and remember the things we’ve heard from God’s Word so that they continue to affect the way we live. Maybe this should be called, “Keep in Mind, Rewind.” 

Back in September we launched our Sunday series This is Countryside where we painted a picture of where God was leading us as a church. Let’s rewind for a minute.

As a church, God has called us to lead people to:

  1. Know Jesus
  2. Experience Community
  3. Find Purpose
  4. Make a Difference

These purpose statements define all that we do as Countryside. These are what we do.  We took it a step further and we attached how we’re going to do them:

  1. Know Jesus = Sunday Church
  2. Experience Community = Community Groups
  3. Find Purpose = Growth Track
  4. Make a Difference = Serve as a Difference Maker

These look good from an organizational standpoint. They are simple, concise and everyone can repeat them to someone else (which is one of our goals).

But if we read too fast we miss something. The what and how sound good. But nothing is more important than the why. And the why has to do with that fourth statement. If you are like me, you read the first three and can get behind them okay. But when you read the last one, something different happens. Pun intended. It’s the one that motivates. The one that gets you dreaming a bit. It’s the one that packs some power.

I have heard it said like this: People will lose their way when they lose their why.

Why matters. There is nothing more fulfilling, more energizing and more sustaining than making a difference in someone’s life. But it goes beyond just simple kindness. That’s a given. Christians should be the kindest people on the planet.

More than simple kindness, when we make an eternal difference in someone’s life, we discover something. We discover why God made us. And when you do what you were made to do, you will find what most people never do—life to the fullest.

Interesting isn’t it, that life really isn’t about personal success, but about interpersonal significance. The most fulfilled people I know are those that are making an eternal difference in other people’s lives. It’s those who are serving their church with their whole heart. 

John Maxwell said it like this, “ “I want to make a difference with people who want to make a difference, doing something that makes a difference, at a time that makes a difference.”

This is my purpose. This is your purpose. Imagine a church that is doing these things and then turning around and helping others do the same.

As we close, read the verse below. It’s in the Amplified Version, so read it louder 😃 :

(Ephesians 2:10 AMP) For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].

Live the good life. Life to the fullest. A life serving others.

That’s the church Jesus is building. So that’s the church for me.