We finally made it! After a long cold and very snowy winter, followed by record rains and mud, along with more chilly temperatures so far this spring, comfortable weather has reached Spokane. In my 17 years of living here I have discovered that the comfort zone for most Spokanites, at least in terms of the weather is quite small. Folks start cheering when the temperatures rise past the middle 60s, but then begin to comment on how hot it is when we eclipse 80. Another comfort zone that seems rather small, not only here in Spokane but over most of the nation, is that of living out our faith in Christ. All too often we try to run from it, ignore it or hide it. Either we don’t have the time to devote to it (more likely it’s that we don’t want to give up our time to devote to it) or we’re afraid that by doing or saying something others might think less of us, and maybe even reject us. But isn’t that what living for Christ is? Wanting to be thought less of and even rejected? That’s the life that Jesus lived and promised that we his followers would live too. We are aliens and strangers here. Strangers comes from the root word strange. That’s what we are, at least in the eyes of the world of darkness around us. We’re different, and we should act and talk like it. One thing I always say is that when you step out of your comfort zone it expands with you. We can start with just a little bit at a time; challenge ourselves to be a bit more brave and bold in our life of faith…how we act and what we say. What have we to lose? A little bit of life in this world? That’s what Jesus said we must do to gain eternal life in His kingdom. And that forever gain is well worth a little discomfort today.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009