Message from Pastor Tom
Dear Fair Oaks Family,
Like many of you, when I look back on the past year, I find myself saying, “Where did the time go?” I reflect on the year and wonder could I have done more or if I got anything accomplished. I don’t want to regret having wasted time or opportunities. Yet, while I think those things are inevitable, I don’t have to like it or stand for it.
This year I have set things in motion in my life so when I look back at this time next year in 2020, I hope to say I made some important changes, overcome some hurdles and made a greater impact. To do this, I had to choose what I wanted to work on and set goals of where I wanted to be.
As the Pastor of Fair Oaks, I have set my Goal on community. I am praying for us to become a closer knit community of believers. I am praying for us to become a community of believers who touches more lives in our community at home, the workplace and beyond by sharing the Gospel and love of Christ. I am praying that the Lord would develop and grow our community at Fair Oaks spiritually, numerically and relationally with zeal and passion for Him.
To do these things we must trust in our Lord but we must also step out in faith. We don’t have the luxury of waiting until the time is perfect to invoke change in our lives or church community. We need to act.
To do these things we must trust in our Lord but we must also step out in faith. We don’t have the luxury of waiting until the time is perfect to invoke change in our lives or church community. We need to act. To say the words “that can’t happen” in terms of our Lord needs to be stricken from our thoughts and vocabulary. When a door or opportunity looks closed or unattainable, realize that our God can open closed doors and do the unattainable. We need to have faith and trust in Him in order to step forward towards the end goal.
I like the analogy of the doors to a supermarket. From a distance they seem closed. They will remain closed unless you come with a few feet of the door. Then a sensor opens them. When we stay back from a goal, it will never happen. Once we start making our way toward the goal, that is when we see the Lord move and open the door for us.
Stepping forward in obedience to God is what we are called to do. He has called us to be good stewards of His word, the time that He gave us on this earth, the talents He has given us to do our jobs and ministries, and the treasure to make the most of it by giving and using it for that which is good according to His word. How will you use these gifts in a greater manner for His glory in 2019?
I challenge you, as Laura and I have challenged ourselves, to step forward towards that closed door or unattainable goal. Will you step out in faith in 2019? Will you take a step closer to God even when the door looks shut or the opportunity seems unattainable? This can be an opportunity to stretch your giving and ministry. This can be a chance to see your God do what you never thought in your finances, relationships and community. This can be a new year to see God work and provide in your life. We need to stop saying “That can never happen” because God can make anything happen if we step forward. Set a goal or three and watch with expectation how He will open the door or provide a way for the unattainable.
Living in Expectation,