September 7, 2016

I currently have the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. For those people who are unfamiliar with the LC-MS, it is divided into districts and ours includes Arizona, Las Vegas and all of Southern California. There are hundreds of churches and schools in our District and the Board has the chance to work with the administration to try to further the ministry of these churches and schools. The Board is filled with a lot of intelligent people and I feel very humbled to be a part of it.

Last week we had the first of our meetings. I think my biggest take away was that everyone needs to keep their focus on their intended goals. We spent a lot of time in discussions that were not aimed toward our objectives. The more we talked (and it was often very good, thought- provoking discussion), the further we got off track. At one point we refocused and asked ourselves whether these discussions fit into our stated goals. Once we put our focus back on those goals, we became much more productive with our time. It made me think, "if a group with a lot of experience and wisdom can get this far off track, what does that say about our lives?"

Hebrews 12:1b-2 tells us, "And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."

When we fix our eyes on Jesus we can run that race marked out for us. When our eyes get off  target, we wander. It's just what  people do. We get caught up in worrying about everything along the side of  the path rather than narrowing our focus to the one thing that keeps us on the path, Jesus. My encouragement for you today is to keep your eyes fixed intently on Jesus.  When doing this, everything else seems to make a lot more sense.

Mr. Robert Koehne
Executive Principal