I have learned that “it is very easy to lose focus on eternal, spiritual truths when everything around us pushes us to give all our attention to our immediate, urgent, and often seemingly more interesting circumstances. But when we honor God by focusing our lives on him by serving him to the best of our ability (2 Timothy 2:15), by maintaining love and unity among ourselves (John 17:11), and by standing firm in confidence and hope in him (Hebrews 3:6), we will find that our circumstances will certainly be no less interesting…” (How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens by Michael Williams)
And for some reason, ‘Christian the Lion’ came to mind. The image of a Lion after a long time in the wild makes his current circumstance predict him as wild and dangerous; not remembering his past owners. But yet, the outcome says otherwise. He remembers his ‘owners’ and greets them! It is definitely mind boggling.
As the quote from above, we may sometimes “forget” our relationship with our Heavenly Father and “give all our attention to our immediate, urgent and often seemingly more interesting circumstances” but maybe today is a start, a start to remind ourselves of our calling to…
Give Him our best (2 Timothy 2:15)
Maintain unity among yourselves (John 17:11)
Offer our whole selves to Him (Romans 12:11)
Have firm confidence and hope in Him
Let us remember what our ‘owner’ has done for us and despite our ‘wild’ circumstances, let’s get back into focusing on our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
God put you here for a reason and He wants you to share that reason no matter what
Lizzie Velasquez was born with a rare disease that makes it impossible for her to gain weight. A few years ago so discovered that internet bullies cruelly voted her the “ugliest on the Internet.” Rising above her tormentors she has gone on to succeed greatly in life. Watch her give an amazing and Godly speech that will literally change your life.
In the following video, J.I. Packer, renowned theologian and author of the forthcoming ‘Weakness is the Way,’ reflects on his experience of weakness, having been hit by a bread truck as a child and now facing the realities of aging.
“For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor 12:9–10)
So lean on Christ, the lover of your soul, as Paul did, and in all your ongoing weakness, real as it is, you too will be empowered to cope and will be established in comfort and joy.
—J. I. Packer
In what ways will you lean on Christ today? He is waiting for us…
West Michigan Annual Conference 2013 Recap video. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and filled out a response card! We were touched by the support and warm welcome of the West Michigan Conference. MARC is now Goodberry!
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We really enjoyed hosting the launch party for friends and family. Thanks to everyone that helped throw the party and for everyone who stopped by and said “hi”! If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, check out this video recap set to some nice relaxing music. Mmm. Pie.