Wednesday, July 31, 2019
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Ephesians 4:16 NLT)
It amazes me what people in the church will get upset about and even divide over. They don’t like a certain song or think the worship is too loud—or not loud enough. We’ve become worship critics and sermon connoisseurs. Meanwhile, we have brothers and sisters in Christ living in other parts of the world who would count it the highest privilege to sing any Christian song and hear any message from God’s Word.
It’s okay to have opinions, but we should never sow disunity. What a horrible witness it is to a lost world when Christians are divided and bickering. And what a powerful witness it is when people see Christians loving one another. There’s a great statement attributed to Augustine that says, “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity [love].”
There are essentials we can’t budge on. For example, if you were to say to me, “Greg, I don’t really believe the Bible is the Word of God or that Jesus Christ is the only way to God,” then we probably won’t be hanging out together all that much. We need unity in the essentials, in the basic truths of the Christian life. There is no fudging.
But then in nonessentials, there is liberty. Maybe you have a different view on end-times events. You don’t think the Rapture could happen at any time; you think it could happen halfway through the Tribulation period. That is a nonessential. I have friends who are pastors, and we don’t agree on every little theological point. But they’re very good friends of mine because we have a lot in common.
Unity is not as important as truth, however. I’m all for unity. But truth is more important than anything else, because if we lose that, we lose everything.
|The second half of your life can be
better than the first. ~Bob Buford
I read that line on the back of Halftime, a book written by Bob Buford.
My first thought was, “That’s easy for you to say, Bob! You don’t know what I’ve been through!”
As it turns out, other than the Bible, Halftime is the most impactful book I have ever read.
I discovered Halftime at a time in my life when I thought I was in a full-blown mid-life crisis.
Just thirty days before I discovered Halftime, I received a phone call that changed our lives.
It was a call from a pastor saying, “The van that Malori was riding in was involved in a rollover accident and she was thrown out of the van. She’s not breathing.”
I asked the pastor where they were and he said, “Monterrey, Mexico,” a place I had never heard of before, but I was now buying a plane ticket to get there as soon as possible.
As I was backing out of the driveway to head to the airport, I received a second phone call from the Pastor saying, “Malori died, I’m so sorry.”
And that was the beginning of my Halftime journey.
My daughter, Malori Aslan Smith, was 17-years old. She graduated early from high school to become a full-time missionary in Mexico. So, when we got the news that she had died on the mission field, our faith-based lives were shaken to the core.
If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What am I supposed to do now?” then you know how I felt.
But, you don’t need to lose someone to feel this way.
All of us will ask, “what next?” at some point or another. For some that’s the season before retirement, for others it’s the empty next years, a spiritual or work rut, or even the old cliche, the mid-life crisis: losing your identity, your confidence, feeling burnt out, and trying to fulfill that void by buying a sports car, getting a new spouse, taking an exotic vacation, etc.
Bob Buford destroys the mid-life crisis “myth” in his book.
Your “what next?” moment — your second half of life — can be defined by Halftime. It’s a time to regain control of your life, find your unique purpose, and to reallocate it in a way that is more about meaning, than money.
“Odds are, you’ll live a whole adult lifetime that wasn’t available to your parents and grandparents. Their life expectancy at birth was fifty years. We have two lifetimes now. Life I is what occurs before halftime, and Life II comes afterward.” ~ Bob Bufford
For me and my wife, that meant focusing on eternal investments and stepping out into unchartered territory to live for something bigger than ourselves. We ended up starting Aslan’s Army, a non-profit that furthered the mission that Malori had started. Since forming Aslan’s Army, we have supported hundreds of orphans and widows and trained hundreds of pastors who have gone on to launch over 500 churches in India, Africa, Mexico and South America. Plus, I’ve worked for and started new businesses, like FaithGateway, that have encouraged others to have a life of meaning and faith.
If you’re open to living the next season of your life full of meaning, adventure, and eternal perspective, then I highly recommend reading Halftime.
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