The Good Life is a Yoke.

New World UMCPastor's Blog

How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Do you have any left? I can tell you that between the Girl Scout cookies and the snowmageddon, my “diet” is completely busted. I know our intentions are good. We make resolutions to improve our lives in different ways. But it is challenging to keep our commitments with so many competing distractions. Why do we keep making resolutions year after year? Because we want a good life and hope that it will be different this time. That is a noble attitude that we must keep. But what if I tell you that there is another kind of good life that is more important than how much we weigh or how we look? This … Read More

Looking Back to Move Forward

New World UMCPastor's Blog

What an honor is to celebrate with you on this 55th Church Anniversary and to see our brothers and sisters achieve the distinctive mark of being members of this congregation for 50 years. (Some of you were not even born when they joined this church!) We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses that reminds us of commitment and dedication. Because of your witness, you helped build a legacy that has brought us here. To that, I say, “Glory to God!” Now, any anniversary celebration is built on looking back and recalling memories of where we have been. We do this to see what we have been through and what has brought us here. So, to celebrate appropriately, … Read More

Listen More

New World UMCPastor's Blog

Many of you will relate to this. Has it ever happened to you that in the middle of a conversation, your spouse asks you, “What do you think?” For minutes, she had been sharing with you something that happened. You were nodding, even adding comments like, “wow, really?” Giving the impression that you were listening and paying attention. But, when she asks, “What do you think?” You are silent. Your body gets cold, and your life flashes before your eyes. That is a tough spot. No matter how smart you are, you can’t get out of it because immediately after that follows the next question, “Were you listening to me?” You can’t lie. She is asking not because she does … Read More

Worry Less

New World UMCPastor's Blog

We have worry rituals, don’t we? We bite our fingernails. We pace the floor. We lie awake at night. Our minds twist over and over around a problem, turning it this way and then that like a Rubik’s Cube. Let me show you. This is a brand-new Rubik’s Cube. Right now, everything is in order. All the colors are grouped on their respective sides. I want to think this is how we were when we were little. Everything was good and worked well; nothing hurt or was wrong except for diapers (in the case of babies, of course) and the occasional snot. But like this Rubik’s Cube, once life kept moving, things became complicated, mixed, and messed up, and we … Read More

Listen More…Worry Less

New World UMCPastor's Blog

Have you ever tried to do it all? I have. We all do in one way or another because we think more is, well, more. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, that is often what we do: we plan for more because we want a better life. We make a long list of things we will finally get done this time—just like last year and the year before and so on. Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate a good new year’s resolution list. The challenge is not having one but thinking that our life will be better if we do more. But is it? Is “more” the best for our lives? Is “more” what God calls to do? What … Read More