We often picture God’s will for our lives like a thin, definitive line. A tightrope we must walk carefully and with the utmost caution. One wrong step and we’ll surely fall. And when we do, we’ll mess up our future forever.
A seventeenth-century craftsman worked alone with primitive tools, but his focus everyday was to put the best he had into his work. This man made violins. He created his own personal standard of excellence and signed his name on each instrument that passed the test. .
Many of you spent the month of May praying for a Foster Child or a sibling group in the Arkansas foster care system. This month we had a chance to talk with someone else who is investing in the lives of these same children.
According to recent statistics, I made 5,000 decisions today. Some of our everyday choices are random, others weighty, but many of our decisions become choice points, leading us in one direction or another.
If we could have coffee today, I’d say, "You’re part of a plan!" When you look at the future, you wonder what’s ahead. How will everything work out? Where are you going? What will tomorrow bring? You can rest assured that there is One who already knows the answer to all of those questions.
In the gospel of Luke, Jesus asks a question. "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?" Planning is crucial to any endeavor. The old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
You've likely already seen the images of destruction on the news from tornadoes that ripped through Mayflower and Vilonia here in Arkansas, as well as Quapaw in Oklahoma and Baxter Springs in Kansas. Yesterday, additional storms caused even more widespread damage in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and several other states.
Dr. Richard Dobbins has been in counseling for about 40 years. He made this statement: "In all my years at Emerge Ministries, I have never had someone with significant issues who had adequate verbal love expressed by their parents. " That is a huge, time-bomb statement made by an expert.
"Liesel observed her foster Father's eyes. They were made of kindness, and silver. Like soft silver, melting. Liesel, upon seeing those eyes, understood that her father was worth a lot. " A few months ago I read those words in a story by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief.
If we could have coffee today I'd say, "You've already won!" You've been fighting a hard battle. Behind closed doors, within the quietness of your heart, in the hours when it seems the rest of the world is sleeping. You are a warrior, my friend. A person of courage. Yes, you.