Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
To drive your car looking ONLY in the rear-view mirror can be hazardous to your health.
To drive your car looking ONLY through the windshield also can be hazardous to your health.
To journey in full health is to be thankful for all that has brought you to your present location, as well as to be thoroughly aware of the excitement which lies ahead.
In the next 15 months, all of us at Bay Village will need to be aware of our “rear-view mirrors” and our “windshields.” Construction and creation, renovation and renewal of our present and new facilities will call on each of us to stand firm on our foundation, while we stand on tip-toe to see where God’s Spirit is leading us.
Our Mission Statement needs always to be in our “rear-view” mirror” (“Established on Christian principles”) as we look through our “windshield” to the road ahead as we continue to (“provide meaningful community life with continuing care”).
The following principles are ways to provide full health for all of us along our daily journey: -Affirming people’s potential is more important than reminding them of their brokenness. -Reconciliation should be a higher value than making judgments.
- Gracious behavior is more important than right belief.
- Inviting questions is more valuable than supplying answers.
- Encouraging the personal search is more important than group uniformity.
- Meeting actual needs is more important than maintaining institutions.
- Peacemaking is more important than power.
- Equality of ALL is more God-like than domination over ANY.
- Life in this world is part of Eternal Life, not just a preparation for Eternal Life.
Each of us is called to be committed to taking “the road less travelled.”