As I have said before, I enjoy reading. So, it goes without saying that one of my favorite places to be (and to spend money) is in a bookstore. Recently, I was aimlessly browsing through different sections in a local bookstore, and as I was looking through titles and covers, three words that were printed on the side of a box of books caught my eye—Detours, Do-Overs, and Dares. As I read them, I thought, “Those words pretty much describe the way I see life.”
Often it seems we are taught that progress and growth are simply a set of steps to follow, and in our mind, we believe that if we follow those steps we will grow in a straight line. However, if you have lived enough, you know this isn’t the case. There are plenty of stops, starts, pauses, slips, and, as the box states, detours and do-overs. It all can be a bit frustrating at times.
But you cannot move forward to growth without daring to believe there is something more. God has created you. You have been saved by grace through faith in Christ. You are his masterpiece, created to do good works. Dare to let The Holy Spirit fill you with boldness and confidence to do those works.
As this New Year begins, may you dare to believe that God is for you, He is with you, and He is committed to transforming you into the image of His Son. No matter how many detours and do-overs you have encountered, dare to believe in the grace of God.
...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. - Philippians 1:6 NIV
P.S. As you dare to move forward into the grace of God this year, why don’t you also dare to believe the same for our students, and encourage them by being a Prayer Champion in our Pray for Me Campaign. You can make a difference! Just sign up by Sunday, January 5, and be at the luncheon after our AM Service on January 12. Thanks!