St. Charles and Dover United Methodist Church
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

Pastor's Reflection


Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything. 

Maybe it's about unbecoming everything that isn't really you,

so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place. 



I received the above through a Facebook group of which I am a part called “Mindful Christianity”.

Once again, we are at the time of New Year’s resolutions and trying to hold onto them into 2019.

I think the above reflects what God’s expectation might be as we move into a new year of possibility. God has created each of us as a very unique, never to be repeated, creation with many gifts and potentials. Somehow along the path of living much of that uniqueness gets lost. That can occur through the messages others give us about ourselves – some that might belittle, some that might redirect us, some that come through circumstances out of our control, and so on.

No matter how they came, they have changed our sense of self, our choices and our life path. We find ourselves feeling like a square peg in a round hole – vaguely dissatisfied and not sure why.  That dissatisfaction comes from being out of sync with who God created you to be and not doing what you were prepared to do.

So, here are some questions to reflect on and journal about (if you are so inclined) as you enter the new year

What is the one thing that you do that makes you feel energized and alive?

What brings a smile to your face?

Who when you are around them causes you to light up and want to know more?

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

What are those moments when you feel most comfortable in yourself, most at peace?

When our life and the movements of living bring energy rather than fatigue or dread, when we are excited in anticipation of a new day, when what we are doing energizes and brings fulfillment, then we know we are living into God’s preparation.

My prayer for each of you is that you will be all you were meant to be! And I will continue to try to do the same.                                                            

                                                                                       Pastor Heather