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Written by Rev. Dr. Tom MacMillan
Whether it’s a swimming competition, or a new job, or a new relationship, our mind can play tricks on us. We can easily operate out of past patterns and be deterred by present apprehensions. We might say, “We’re good to go” but then we find ourselves faltering and doubting. Whereas we thought we were free, we’re actually encumbered.
It might take some time to bring closure to lies we’ve taken on. It will take God’s gracious assurance to be released from nagging doubt. But healing comes, truth will reign, we will be free by the gracious work of God.
So with time, better thinking, and more-sound belief, we step on to the block and at the start, we’re stronger than we thought. We enter the job with a humble confidence. We approach the relationship with a wisdom that has been tested in struggle yet willing to slowly trust again. We’re being made new (II Corinthians 5:17)!
On the ropes course along the side of a Nicaraguan volcano our youth mission team came across the following sign. Yo Creo, Yo Soy, Yo Hago. I believe, I am, I do.
I like it.
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While on our off-site staff retreat, a few weeks back I came across a framed quote by Mark Twain. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the thingsthat you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” I found it fitting for our church. Trouble is, we value safety and familiarity. We’d love for things to remain unchanged but we know they can’t. So we take a deep breath and ask God to “Grant us
wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days, for the living of these days.”
We devote ourselves to prayer and the reading of scripture, we become students of our culture, we start listening carefully to our unchurched friends and we learn about global issues impacting our world today. We hoist our sails and get ready for the gust of God’s Holy Spirit to move us forward.
For we know that no matter how good our intentions, without God’s wisdom and life-giving presence we will tend to default to doing what feels good to us. We will settle for being friendly to one another and letting strangers fend for themselves. We will make decisions for what is most convenient and comfortable for us and forget the many who are in desperate need of welcome, care, the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This summer, practice letting God lead you to new and bold destinations. Then ask God toinspire our church toward creative, innovative and community-minded ventures.
Many of these ventures have been noted and put into practice from our Dream Big Sessions back in January. In the next few weeks we will be publishing what we heard and what we’ve done. But, that’s only the beginning. God keeps entrusting dreams and visions to us. God keeps sending gusts of inspiration, conviction and
courage our way.
Let’s hoist the sails.
9:30 am and 11:00 am
JOHN KNOX UPCOMING EVENTS
|5:30 pm - Trinity Hall|
|Prayer of the Month|
|1 pm - Prayer Room|
|Nicaragua Stockholder Luncheon|
|12 pm - Trinity Hall|
|Mobile Produce Pantry|
|2 pm - Trinity Hall|
|9 am - 3507 West 50th Street|
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