"Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2
You have probably heard of Nik Wallenda. He is a descendant of the famous Wallenda family of tight rope walkers and circus performers. A friend of mind regularly uses the line: "Perfect is good enough." In Nik's line of work that statement fits perfectly. Nik set the goal of walking the tightrope across a spot over Niagara said to be impossible. Crowds gathered to witness the event. Perhaps you watched his nail-biting performance?
The Associated Press reported his accomplishment on June 15, 2012. "Daredevil Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk on a tightrope across the Niagara Falls, taking steady, measured steps Friday night for 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of the roaring falls separating the United States and Canada."
Rev. Roy Erdahl
How did he do it? It took skill, strength, determination, a never-give-up commitment, sacrifice, money, support and more. The only quote from Nik was, "I accomplished the feat through 'a lot of praying, that's for sure. But, you know, it's all about the concentration, the focus, and the training.' "
Mind-control. That's what Wallenda said it took to do what had been impossible!
My hope and prayer is that you ask God for his control over your mind that you may experience. You know it's all about the concentration, the focus and the training.
Reflections, a mini-sermon written by Minot and area clergy, will appear each Saturday in The Minot Daily News. Clergy interested in writing a mini-sermon should contact Religion Editor Loretta Johnson at 857-1952 or Debbie Sandvold at 857-1950. The toll-free number is 1-800-735-3229.
God has fixed his love on you. Jesus did what was humanly impossible. It is God who set his mind on rescuing you from sin. He accomplished the humanly impossible promise on the cross and from the tomb.
"We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
Rev. Roy Erdahl is pastor of New Life Lutheran Church, 710-46th Ave. NE, in Minot