Yesterday’s message …
- Drilled down into ONE verse — Matthew 9:9;
- Started with a Wheel Of Fortune moment;
- Grew eerily quiet in two places … I suspect you can figure them out;
- Concluded with an exercise involving writing a new story and receiving a new pen!;
- Led to this bottom line: If you’re haunted by your past, invest in someone else’s future.
So let’s start with a bit of audience participation, shall we? These shouldn’t be too hard but they do have a common theme. So you’ll see that it looks suspiciously like WHEEL OF FORTUNE up on the screen and you’ll also see that I look suspiciously UNLIKE either Pat Sajak or Vanna White. Anyway, we’ll give a good chunk of the WOF clue, and you fill in the rest. Ready?
BLAST FROM THE ___.
LET BYGONES BE ___.
ONCE UPON A _____.
TRIP DONWN MEMORY _____.
(Homage to Cher!) IF I COULD TURN BACK .
____ ALL MY TROUBLES SEEMED SO FAR AWAY.
I told you they wouldn’t be hard! All those have to do with before, the past, yesterday, last year, right? We can add one more to that, sort of a somber one: HAUNTED BY YOUR . Yeah, it’s sad but it’s true. If you spent a week where I sit and it is pretty clear that people have great difficulty escaping their past. Many times, the harder they try to escape, the harder they deny its reality, the longer they ignore, the deeper its hold on them becomes. This is why therapy & counseling exists, people! Yesterday – consisting both of the trauma inflicted on you AND the regret for things you did all on your own – has a vice grip on today. You know what I’m saying. It’s the abortion you had or paid for. It’s the marriage you wrecked. It’s the bruise – literal – you inflicted. It’s the wild oats you sowed that really did come up as thorns. The past haunts. One more classic quote; novelist William Faulkner said the past is not dead. It’s not even past. Tell me about it.
Yep. We’re escaping average together. And for some ppl here, average is awful because the past is shameful. But the good news in the midst of this humbling news is that you’re not the first and you’re hardly alone. Like, way before you there was Matthew. And I love the way Matthew puts together his gospel because every once in awhile he very subtly drops some autobiography into what is otherwise a biography about Jesus. Look at 9:9 and see the first thing it says about our author/subject: