Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things God does for me. (Psalm 103:2 NLT)
Commentators believe that David was the author of numerous psalms and they attribute psalm 103 as being one of them. Acts 13:22 tells us that God testified David was a man after God’s own heart and said David: “Will do everything I want him to.” David felt that it was a good thing to never forget the good things that God has done for us. But he also knew our propensity to forget those good things (Psalm 73, 103, 106, 107, 137 Yikes!) and the peril that seems to result when we do.
It does seem like a good thing for Christ followers to remember the good things the Lord has done for us doesn’t it? It would seem to go without saying but with all the worldly pressures upon us to YOLO (you-only-live-once) and “live in the present moment,” we sometimes forget that we live at the intersection of time and eternity (Stookey: “Calender: Christ’s Time for the Church,” p.19-20).
Stookey tells us that the past, present, and the future are not separate containers isolated from one another. The present is actually a moving edge from the past to the future in the time continuum. In simple terms he shows us the past influences where we are in the present and our choices in the present have an influence on a not-yet future. Living at the intersection of time and eternity is to acknowledge the need to integrate all three holistically. To put our
greatest emphasis on the present without regard for where we’ve come from or where we’re going is like a sailing ship set adrift at the mercy of whatever way the wind happens to be blowing.
Celebrate Baker 360 (September 28 and 29th) is a proactive approach to
remember (past) the good things the Lord has done for our church and give thanks, see where the moving edge currently stands (present), and anticipate a not-yet future, discerning where the Lord is leading and having a hand in creating it. It is to acknowledge that we really do live at the intersection of time and eternity. It’s the realization that this church has been given to us, and we have the responsibility to care for it in such a way that we can hand it over to
future generations so they too can be God’s grace instruments in God’s world.