The Danger of Playing It Safe (5 of 7) by M. Kenneth Lyon

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The Danger of Playing It Safe (5 of 7)
Series: Home Improvement
M. Kenneth Lyon
Philippians 4:10-13
May 23, 1999

It was 10th grade. Now I can't say that I was the most outstanding student in high school. In fact, I didn't hit my academic stride until somewhere in graduate school; but I did enough to, you know, stay above "C" level, if you know what I mean, in high school. But there were certain subjects that I really didn't have a warm heart towards. One of them was history. One day when I had lost my mind and the teacher in the history class in the 10th grade asked me a question that I couldn't answer and she followed up with the question, "Have you read your assignment?" I said, obviously without thinking, "Ma'am, I am not interested in reading about history. I am only interested in making history." There were two things that I had misjudged. The first was that she was a history major in college and lived to read history. The other was that she had already had a really bad day. I spent a long afternoon in the principal's office, simply because there was no place else for me to go and they would not let me out. History. You're making it today, confirmands. The largest confirmation class in the history of MUMC. Not only are you making history but you are becoming part of history, an ongoing history. What you are doing today links you with people who have gone on, who have lived, who have died, who have gone to be with God in many centuries before you and I began our earthly pilgrimage.

In our Scripture reading this morning we talk about one of those persons. His name is Paul. And in this passage to the Philippians he says, "I have learned to be content." Well, now that's a little bit of a misnomer because Paul's contentment was learning how to be content in his life with whatever he had as long as the work of God could go on. You see, his big premise is that he would never ever ever be content with that. He would never be content that there was enou ...

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