and the end.’” (Rev. 21:6a, NRSV)
Anyway, it is interesting that Covey’s ground breaking set of guiding principles for personal and organizational effectiveness say that the best place to start is to make a point of connecting where we presently are with where we are ultimately heading. And to be honest, my personal life experience informs me that Covey is not only spot-on with this sage advice, but that it applies to every aspect of our lives—personal and corporate, professional and spiritual.
This eternal presence of Christ is where we are heading as our focus theme as we continue our journey together following Easter Sunday and into the 50 days of Eastertide leading up to Pentecost Sunday. We will be working our way through the Book of Revelation, but with a particular emphasis on the eternal nature of Christ, and more importantly, how that nature may inform us today about our lives and our interaction with the world. I am hopeful that our journey over these next seven weeks will be both fun and informative, as well as thought provoking and conversation generating. And perhaps, the end-game may come to represent to us, not so much the end-of-times, but more the beginning-of-future-times … times that offer greater fulfillment and hope, for us, for the Church, and for the world.
Blessings … Pastor Bob