Note from Pastor Susan
Ever heard the expression, “Close, but no cigar”? it is an American phrase meaning “almost, but not quite successful” in an attempt or endeavor. The first recorded appearance of the phrase is in the movie Annie Oakley (1935). At the turn of the century, fairground stalls would give cigars as prizes for the games. If the participant would fail to win, they would be told, “close, but no cigar.”
Friends, there are many “close but no cigar” moments in this life. Moments where we are “almost”. Marriages that are “almost successful,” jobs or promotions for which we are “almost” qualified, New Year’s resolutions we “almost” keep or goals we “almost” achieve. Too many times we fall short of our goals and are left wanting something more. But guess what? God is our biggest fan! He wants us to achieve every goal, surpass every potential and overcome every obstacle. God wants us to live fully in this life with an eye toward our eternal victory given to us through Jesus Christ. As we draw closer to Him in prayer and time spent in His word, we will be drawn nearer, closer, and deeper into relationship with God and with one another in faith. As we enter into the season of Lent, now is exactly the time when we can be purposeful about drawing closer to the One Christ who came close to us to save us.
In partnership with Christ, friends, nothing is impossible for us! In Romans 8: 37 we read, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” In the world’s eyes we may not always get the cigar, but we will shall obtain something far more valuable. We will be victorious in the eyes of God. With God’s help, we can be faithful in spite of the world and with his power, we can make a difference that the world could never make.
And that, friends, is worth more than a cigar! That is worth the Lord calling our name and saying, ” well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things. Now you shall be Master over many.” (Matthew 25: 23 NIV).