Thursday August 17, 2017

OUR SEARCH FOR PURPOSE seems coded into the fabric of our being. We are wired to live a meaningful existence, but we can’t begin to discover what that purpose is unless we know the One who created us for a purpose. …
Every search for purpose is meant to lead us to the One who gave us the drive to search. Seeking meaning must take us to the Maker of all things. Understanding our purpose begins with knowing the One who put eternity in people’s hearts.

Tuesday August 15, 2017

MERCY IS NOT MERELY FEELING SYMPATHY. Mercy is extended by one who has the power to condemn or punish but chooses not to. We choose not to criticize, not to say, “I told you so,” not to exact our “pound of flesh” — not to avenge. As Jesus shows us in his interaction with the woman caught in adultery, mercy does not look back at what the person has done but forward to what the person can do in the future.

Sunday August 13, 2017

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FEAR AND WORRY lies in the realm of choice. Fear is an automatic physiological response to a situation in which we feel threatened. Worry, on the other hand, is a conscious straying of our thoughts to a particular situation that troubles us. While fear energizes and primes us for action, worry spins its wheels endlessly without moving forward, draining us of all energy and creativity. Yet, worry is actually something we can control — we can choose the object of our thoughts.

Saturday August 12, 2017

AT TIMES WE MUST RELY on the faith of those around us. Have you ever felt like you couldn’t pray? Despair, fatigue, anger, or confusion may have overwhelmed you, and you couldn’t bring yourself to share your heart with God. Have there been times when you felt like you didn’t believe in God? Or in the church? When you didn’t feel worthy of God’s love, healing, or forgiveness?
We all have those moments when our faith feels broken and God seems too far away. That’s okay. God’s grace is so vast that it works even when our faith doesn’t. God’s grace is at work through the ones whose faith is working — the faith of our family members, our friends, our church members, our coworkers, and even strangers who pray for us when we don’t even realize it.