NB: Before you read, it might help to know that this is the text of a message I shared at Toowong Uniting Church, August 9th 2015. It refers to a story from Acts 4:26-40. The context at Toowong is that they are preparing to plant a new congregation. If you’d rather listen than read…skip to the end of this story for the mp3 file.
It seems to me that this life that we live is made up of moments.
If you think back over your life, I’m sure you can identify a few of them.
I think of the moment I saw Sheridan walk into a friend’s 21st birthday party and I instantly knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.
I think of the moment I made a bad decision and tore up my knee, ending up in surgery just weeks before our first child was due.
I think of the moment I learned a huge lesson about leadership, as I sat quietly to one side during an outdoor education program I was helping to run.
I think of the moment when I woke up one morning and realised that for the first time in 6 years all the kids had slept all night.
Some moments are wonderful, some not so much.
Some are extraordinary, while others are just the moments of everyday life.
Some moments, like my encounter with Sheri at that 21st birthday party, change our lives instantly. And we know it in the moment (or at least, I knew it…you’ll have to ask Sheri about her experience of that moment).
Others take a while to reveal themselves – and sometimes it’s only with the benefit of hindsight that we can see the power of that moment. Such is the story for my learning about leadership on that outdoor education program. The moment actually passed unremarkably that night…but the more time passes, the more I reflect on that moment…the more it means to me.
This life that we live is made up of moments. I’m sure you can identify a few of them.
In this passage today, this story of Philip and the Ethiopian (read it here Acts 8:26-40), there’s a lot going on, and we’ll work our way through some of those things over the rest of our time.
But at the heart of it is a moment. A chance encounter. The intersection of two people’s lives that changed both of them forever.
Such is the importance of a moment. And this life that we live is made of them.