No One Left Behind

Remember a time when you were left behind? It’s not a great feeling. In fact, it’s quite miserable. I think about the scene in the movie Forrest Gump, when he was in Vietnam. When their squad came under fire and were forced to retreat, they were supposed to run. Forrest ran so fast and far that he found himself alone.  In his words, “I ran so fast that I found myself alone, and being alone in the jungle in Vietnam is not a good thing.”

Feeling alone and left behind is connected with loss. We’re afraid we’ll lose something valuable, such as a friend or even our current reality. It’s why we resist change and cling to the way things used to be. Some of this is a feeling that – if we let it control us – will result in an unhealthy use of energy to keep things the same. But there is a reality about loss that we must lament in a healthy way. It’s okay (perhaps even necessary) to grieve what was, so we can receive what will be. It’s natural to feel loss and to resist change. But the Spirit of Jesus is nudging us to become supernatural by taking in his strength, especially in the face of loss and change.

Whether we’re young or old, we struggle with loss and change and being left behind. The younger generation is wondering if they will risk engagement or if it’s better to remain disengaged and separate…will it be authentic and relevant or will it be a waste of time or a way to get hurt? The seasoned generation is wondering why things can’t remain the same, and will they still have something to contribute when change comes knocking? This is scary stuff, and it’s real.

A more comforting reality is that the Holy Spirit is always moving, always changing, and never does the exact same thing twice. This kind of creativity has an element that is unpredictable and can be quite upending if we’re honest. Consequently, it will require a significant amount of faith and trust in the character of the Holy Spirit if we are to resist our natural instinct to dig in our heals. In order to remain healthy and fruitful, we continue to receive more of Christ and his characteristics, part of which is creativity and change.

By His Spirit we move forward in mission, and God desires that no one is left behind (2 Peter 3:9). We don’t want anyone who believes – or those yet to believe – to be left behind the mission of God. Jesus said, “And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” (John 12:32).

You have so much to give…don’t be afraid of change or being left behind…God’s not done with you yet…

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    Sally Steenbergen
    July 29, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Hey, Daniel. When I read this last week it really hit home to me. Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one certainly feels or has felt left behind. That is exacyly what I have been feeling over the past 4-months. What is my purpose now? How can I be an ambassador for Christ if I am still feeling so empty & alone? With the help of prayer, my church community, spiritual friends & family, I hope to find out.

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      Daniel Teerman
      January 11, 2019 at 2:46 am

      Sally, you’re on the right track. Sometimes God does his best work through us during the loneliest and difficult times. It doesn’t feel like it at the time, but we get perspective when we later look back and see how far he’s taken us, and how much we have grown. And that perspective is a gift.Keeping walking…

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    Jeri Hoag
    July 29, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Very thoughtful post. Faith, trust, all great things, but definitely hard to grasp and keep a hold of. Do you ever get it or is humanity always fighting them?

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      Daniel Teerman
      January 11, 2019 at 2:44 am

      There are moments and even seasons when we align with God’s Spirit more faithfully, but it’s a constant pursuit that may involves times of silence or inability to hear Him. During these times we need to be mindful about putting too much stock in how we feel, and lean into the promises testified by His Word and Spirit. It’s not so much what we grab or do, but more what we receive and trust. We walk and struggle together, and the Holy Spirit is there, understanding and loving us every step of the way.

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    Bob Bowers
    July 30, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Thanks for your work on this, Daniel. It was a blessing with the road that God has us on right now.

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      Daniel Teerman
      January 11, 2019 at 2:40 am

      You’re welcome Bob

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    Diane Quan
    August 13, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Great message at perfect timing. Thank you Daniel

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      Daniel Teerman
      January 11, 2019 at 2:39 am

      Thanks Diane. Getting back into the swing of blogging.

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    December 7, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Make a more new posts please 🙂

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      Daniel Teerman
      January 11, 2019 at 2:48 am

      Coming right up…

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