The Lighter Side

Scripture Reading: 1 John 1

Sometimes life can feel stagnant, boring, bleak – like we are in a rut. We may feel hopeless at times. But have you ever looked through a kaleidoscope? It is a toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of colored glass, whose reflections produce changing patterns when viewed through an eyehole.

In a similar way, when we allow God’s light to shine through us, we can reflect his love into our lives, changing the way we view not only ourselves, but others, and our entire purpose in life. God’s light can bring joy, peace and beauty to our lives.

Genesis 1:3-4
3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.

In 1 John, Chapter 1, we learn that while it is important to recognize the lines between truth and error, it must always be done in a spirit of love. We all go through ups and downs as we live in our Christian faith and often feel ourselves blown about by the winds of emotion or our present circumstances. Yet God calls us to live in the light, to live in fellowship with him and each other, and to love and obey his laws while living a clean life.

1 John 1:5-7
5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

John knew that we would never find in ourselves the faithfulness God requires, so instead, we have to place complete trust in the work and grace of God. We as Christians need to believe that he will conform us to the image of his Son, Jesus, when we walk in the light, live in truth, and love each other through fellowship.

John 8:12
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

Questions:
How would you characterize your relationship with God? Does your prayer life indicate confidence in God? Are you fruitful by spreading the good word of Jesus in love?

Next Steps:
Make a list of three ways you could show three people in your life that you love them. Then follow through with your plan. Journal about your experiences. Discuss the outcomes with a fellow Christ follower.

Prayer:
Loving Father, there are times that my heart has been divided. We know that darkness and light cannot walk together. Keep us close to you and help us to confess our sin the moment we start to stray so that fellowship with you is quickly restored. Father, we want to learn to practice the truth today so that we may grow in grace and in fellowship with you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


This post was written by Gary Schnabel, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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Kindness Doesn’t Have a Contingency Plan

Scripture Reading: Titus 3

For some of us, anxiety has had a place in our lives from the beginning. I remember the feeling I experienced as a 4-year-old when I noticed for the first time my skin color was different than all the kids around me.

I tensed up when an adult called me outside of my classroom in the fourth grade. Obedient was the last thing I wanted to be when one of the principals from my high school yanked me by the arm and asked, “What are you doing in my school?” That was a scary moment for a freshman who was only entering the doors coming back from lunch.

Trepidation also set in the multiple times I got pulled over as the passenger of a vehicle. It’s easy to see how anxiety used to hold a top position in my life.

Titus 3:1-2 (NIV)
1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

Ben mentioned that our beliefs shape our behavior. There was a time when I believed that a lot of the authoritative figures in my life didn’t deserve my respect. I never disrespected anyone to their face, but I never went out of my way to honor them because of how they made me feel. Ben said, “The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional.” It took a long time for me to figure out that I could stop allowing other people and my anxiety to lock me in place.

Titus 3:4-5 (NIV)
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

I learned that being obedient or respectful shouldn’t be contingent on the other person’s good nature. How others naturally feel toward me or how they make me feel shouldn’t stop me from showing mercy and grace. I realized that showing mercy and grace independently of how others treated me, actually set me free.

Questions:
How have others showed you mercy? Do you recall a time when you showed good nature to someone who mistreated you?

Next Steps:
Take the time to speak to someone you wouldn’t typically address. Call the person who has been on your mind.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for showing us mercy and saving us with your love. Please, continue to grant us the strength of forgiveness and remind us to show kindness in times when we feel that we lack that quality. Open our eyes and hearts to all of the people in our communities. Thank you! Amen.


This post was written by Jaron Camp, a first-time contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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Lead by Example

Scripture Reading: Titus 2

The three most important ways to lead people are: by example… by example… by example.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

If you think about the best leaders by whom you have been led throughout your life, chances are they understood the importance of leading by example. Perhaps you experienced this kind of leadership through a boss who modeled a strong work ethic. Maybe you were led by a health and fitness coach who practiced the same daily discipline they asked of you. Perhaps it was a parent who talked about the importance of family unity and then modeled it by walking with you through some of your life’s most difficult situations. If you think about the leaders that impacted you the most, they most likely led in this way.

In the apostle Paul’s letter to Titus, we see that Paul understood the importance of leading by example. In his letter, he encourages Titus to take his own teaching seriously and to do good works. By doing this, he would be setting an example that others would want to follow.

Titus 2:7-8
7 And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. 8 Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.

You can apply this verse to your own life today. Wherever you find yourself leading, whether it is as home or work, lead by example. Share the truth of who God is with those around you, but don’t stop with telling them about it. Be sure to, model it by showing them how that truth impacts your daily life.

Questions:
Who have been the leaders in your life that have led by example? In what areas of your life are you currently leading? Do you find it challenging to do the things you are asking others to do?

Next Steps:
After identifying the areas in which you are leading, take a moment, and reflect on how you are leading. Write down the areas that you are leading by example and celebrate them. Write down the areas where you are leading by word only and think of ways that you might need to start leading by example.

Prayer:
Father, we are thankful that you sent us your son, Jesus, to die on the cross as a sacrifice to pay for our sins. We are thankful that he is our Savior who makes it possible to be in relationship with you. We are also thankful for Jesus’s perfect example of what it looks like to live a life for you. As we follow him, help us be an example to others. Amen.


This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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Way of Life

Scripture Reading: Titus 1

I am instantly humbled when I ask myself, “Do people realize I am a Christian by the way I live my life?” My stomach churns and I automatically think about all my faults, weaknesses, and sins. I honked my horn yesterday at the driver who cut me off and said not very nice things under my breath. I gossiped about someone. These are a few of my sins that I am willing to admit to you. If I am honest, there are some sins that I don’t even want to admit to myself.

When I read Titus 1, I am so convicted.

Titus 1:15-16
15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable, disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.

I know that I cannot make my heart pure. I am weak, selfish, and self-centered. (That is the short list of my sins.) I need Jesus! On my own, I am a mess, and I am corrupt. I praise God that it is not about me, it is about him and all he has done for me.

Jesus came to this Earth and didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk. The King of Kings left heaven and went through the same struggles we go through, and HE DID NOT SIN! He was tempted by the devil, ridiculed by others, betrayed, and so much more. He knew in advance all that he would face. He loved us so much, he willingly obeyed God. He demonstrated how we should live our lives. He loved others, he taught about God and redemption, he healed people physically and spiritually, and so much more. He kept a pure heart through all of his trials and temptations.

He walked the walk—all the way to calvary—and died on the cross for your and my sins. God rose him on the third day, so we all had the opportunity to be saved. Belief and obedience to Jesus is what makes us righteous and pure. I can’t change myself, but I can slowly, day-by-day, turn to him and let him change me.

Questions:
Do people know you are a Christian by the way you live your life? Are you more focused on how you can change yourself or are you surrendering everything to God and letting him change you? Explain. How do you thank Jesus for all he has done for you? How often do you judge someone’s faith by his or her actions?

Next Steps:
Read your Bible daily. Pray and ask Jesus to help you change to who he wants you to be. Repent for the times you disobeyed him.

Prayer:
Jesus, I praise you and worship you! I thank you for all you have done for me and for all that you will do for me. I, like Paul, am one of the biggest sinners of all! Often, I behave in a way that does not bring glory to your name. Please forgive me. Help me to trust in you with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding (pride). Direct me along the right paths to honor you in all that I do. I praise you for loving me so much that you died for me. Help me to bring glory to your glorious name. Amen.


This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.


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Fulfill Your Ministry

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4

Our daughter just transferred to a university out of state. As we were saying our goodbyes when we dropped her off, we gave her some last-minute reminders: Remember who you are. Be strong and courageous. You got this! Keep first things first. Jesus loves you so much! We love you!

How do you wrap up 19 years of advice in a moment’s goodbye? 2 Timothy 4 wraps up Paul’s letters to Timothy and similarly gives him some last-minute exhortations (fancy Bible word for advice). Paul gets straight to the point and urges Timothy to “proclaim the message,” be prepared or “persist in it, whether convenient or not” (vs. 2 HCSB), and to “patiently correct, rebuke and encourage your people with good teaching” (vs. 2 NLT).

Proclaim the message. When you are a follower of Christ, you have a gift within you, the message of the gospel—that Jesus lived, died and came back to life FOR US. This message is the heartbeat of CedarCreek’s mission which is to “introduce people to Jesus and the life-changing adventure with him.” Paul is urging Timothy (and us) to proclaim this message—to share it within our circles of influence, to proclaim it with words and with our lives.

Next, he says to be prepared. How can you be prepared to proclaim this message? The message is in the Word, so one way to be prepared is to spend time in the Word (the Scripture)—learn it, learn from others, attend church, join a Group, etc. These are all ways to be prepared and persist in it. It may not always feel convenient to make time to grow in your relationship and knowledge of Christ and his message, but it is always worth it.

Finally, Paul says to use the message—patiently encourage others in their walks with Christ. As we proclaim this life-changing message, we must meet people where they are and be patient with them as they hear and respond.

Before he signs off, Paul shoots Timothy another text message (ha!) and challenges him to “keep a clear mind” and to “work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you” (v. 5). What is your ministry? You were created for a purpose and to make a difference. If you can’t answer that question just yet, consider going to GrowthTrack. God has uniquely wired and designed you to live on mission with and for him. GrowthTrack will help you home in on the gifts and talents God has given you to live with purpose and make a difference.

Questions:
How does this passage challenge you? Do you feel empowered to live and share (or proclaim) this message?

Next Steps:
If you haven’t yet, consider attending GrowthTrack. GrowthTrack is offered at every CedarCreek campus and consists of four one-hour sessions: Knowing God, Finding Freedom, Discovering Your Purpose, and Making a Difference. Another next step could be to commit to preparing yourself to proclaim this message with a regular Bible devotion time at home.

Prayer:
God, thank you for the gift of Jesus and for the opportunity to proclaim his message. Thank you for Paul’s words to Timothy, and to us, that challenge us to be prepared and persist in proclaiming it. Help us to be faithful in you and fulfill the ministry you have for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.


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False Teachers

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3

We are constantly being fed information about how to better ourselves. People are prioritizing diet and exercise regimens, lessening carbon footprints, and they view a lack of fulfilment in their jobs as a deal-breaker. And that is great. (I mean, I grew up in the 90s when Fruit Roll-Ups were considered a fruit serving and using plastic grocery bags instead of paper was considered better for the environment.)

There is always a new thing we “should” be doing in order to do and be better, and we just love to have someone charismatic to tell us how to do so. There are self-help/motivational speakers to whom people gravitate and just can’t get enough of. What I’ve found, though, is that it isn’t just nonbelievers who follow these people.

Believers see a woman speaking about the power behind not worrying about pleasing others, claiming instead that she is love, so she doesn’t need anyone else’s love. Watching her speak, it’s hard not to find yourself nodding and feeling empowered. Only, that is not what Jesus teaches. Jesus is love, not us. And if anything, he teaches us to put others first. This is just one example of an easy place for believers to fall into a trap of whole-heartedly embracing teachings that are, at best, semi-true and, at worst, rejecting God.

2 Timothy 3:6-9
6 They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. 7 (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) 8 These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. 9 But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.

The Scripture doesn’t end there, though. It points to the other option: knowing what is true, discerning who is teaching falsities, and arming yourself with God’s Word. Luckily, we don’t have to do this on our own. I have found that being a part of a Group has really helped me to tell the difference between what is from God and what is of the world. Having other believers around you who you trust is so helpful in building your own discernment!

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Questions:
Who is your go-to when looking for direction? Is it a popular speaker, a group of friends, the Bible, or prayer? How can you know that the person(s) speaking into your life is speaking truth that aligns with God’s Word?

Have you ever noticed another believer unknowingly “drinking the Kool-Aid” of a false teacher? How might you relay this concern in a loving and effective way?

Next Steps:
Go to cedarcreek.tv/groups/ to look for a group to try out, whether it’s a Bible study group, a walking group, or a basketball group—as long as it involves spending time in fellowship with other Jesus followers. There is an accountability that comes with the territory, and it is a safe place to bring your confusions and questions. There is strength in numbers—you will provide and be given the support that is essential in this tough-to-navigate life.

Prayer:
Dear God, please give me the awareness to evaluate everything in my life, filtering it through you and your Word before accepting it as truth. I want you to be my standard for truth, not the world. It is so easy to get wrapped up in a charismatic speaker’s teachings, but I pray that I will be able to look to you first, before embracing what they have to say. Give me the discernment, God, so that I can not only live in the truth for myself, but so that I can be a beacon of truth for those around me as well. Amen.


This post was written by Ashlee Grosjean. Ashlee is a stay-at-home mom and wife. She loves writing for this team, and she hopes to help convey God’s message through this study.


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One on One

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2

The word “legacy” is frequently heard in the context of people’s lives. Typically it is used in conjunction with those who leave behind good works that live on in the hearts of the people they touched. Physically, they will no longer be a part of our society, but their principles and achievements will become great memories, to us now and future generations. Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.”

In 2 Timothy, we read Paul’s final letter to Timothy. This letter is typically considered Paul’s last letter before his death.  Paul wrote it as he was awaiting execution from Rome for being a Christian and making disciples of Jesus. At this time, Timothy is leading the church in Ephesus, so Paul writes to encourage him while facing his own impending death.

In 2 Timothy 2, Paul speaks about the ideal characters of Christ followers and provides several examples, including himself (v. 1-2), a soldier (who shares in suffering and hardship to be involved with the work of God and his will, v. 3-4), an athlete (on boundaries which cannot be crossed, v. 5), a farmer (ideas of patience and hard work, v. 6-7), Jesus Christ (those who claim the title of “Christian” should, strive to be Christ-like, v.  8-13), a worker (to present himself to God as one approved, and has no need to be ashamed, v. 14-19), a vessel (live a clean life and be ready for every good work, v. 20-23), and a servant (help others escape the snare of the devil, v. 26).

2 Timothy 2:15
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

We are called to embrace the cost of discipleship, denying self, taking up our cross, and walking in the steps of our Lord. Jesus himself tells us discipleship is more than just following him– it includes the call to disciple-making. Jesus said in his Great Commission to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:19-20). Timothy was to take what he learned from Paul’s own example and teach it to others who would then go and teach still others. Christianity has always been meant to be spread through relationship and person-to-person teaching.

2 Timothy 2:2
You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. 

Questions:
So, what about you? Do you think about the people in your life who don’t personally know Jesus and the forgiveness and eternal assurance that he offers? So, who will you share this ultimate love with today?  What will be your legacy?

Next Steps:
We share Christ because we want others to experience the eternal assurance we have through faith in Jesus. We share because we are thankful for Jesus’ tough love that never gave up on us. Being a disciple of Christ is not just about each of us following Jesus personally but also passing our commitment on to the next generations of disciples.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, help me to carry out your plans and purposes in my own life and live my life as you intended. Give me the courage and the words so I can share  the truth of the gospel through fellowship and encourage others to pass on your words of grace. This we pray in Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Gary Schnabel, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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The Great Adventure

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1

In the past couple of weeks, our Lead Pastor Ben introduced the new mission statement of CedarCreek Church. In 1995 we began with this mission statement: “The mission of CedarCreek Church is to help spiritually restless and unchurched people become fully devoted followers of Christ.”  After a decade or so we revised it to: “Our mission is to help spiritually restless and unchurched people to love Jesus, serve others, and tell the world about Christ.” Now, we are: “Inviting people to know Jesus and the life-charging adventure of following him.” Nothing has changed, really. Our mission is the same. Paul writes to Timothy,  his “son” in the faith:

2 Timothy 1:5-7
5 I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. 6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Over the past 24 years, God has called CedarCreek Church to share our faith in Jesus with those in our lives who do not know him and to strengthen the faith of those who do. Our leaders continue to remind us to fan the flames of our faith and use our spiritual gifts to help the church positively impact our communities. God has not given us a spirit of timidness and fear! He invites us to enter into the adventure of following him! It is risky! It is entering into the unknown! It is the ultimate high! Our invitation is to enter into his power, his love, and his self discipline.

Paul goes on to say:

2 Timothy 1:8
So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.

In our day and age, as in Paul’s, this IS risky. But, it is part of the adventure of following Christ!

Questions:
Are you ashamed of telling others in your life about Jesus? Can you tell the story of how you met Jesus and the life changing adventure you have had in following him?

Next Steps:
Spend some time writing down the story of how you met Jesus and how your life has changed since then. Condense it down to a 1-minute version, a 5-minute version, and a 20-minute version. Share them with a Christian friend for refinement. Then, be prepared to share it with friends and family who don’t know Jesus.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for the power you give us through your Holy Spirit! Help us, Lord, to use this power to show others how you have changed us, called us, and prepared us to fulfill your purpose on this Earth! Give us the courage we need to trust you in this adventure to which you have called us. We are your ‘Plan A’ for reaching our world. There is no ‘Plan B’!  Thank you for trusting us! Amen.


This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people that God used to start CedarCreek in the Fall of 1995, and was on staff until 2013. Lauri loves Jesus, and loves helping people, especially women, live out of the truth about who we are in Christ. She and her husband Mike live in Oregon, but now spend winter months in Florida near daughter Kelda and her family.


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For the Love of Money

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6

1 Timothy 6 opens the door to taking a closer look at one’s self in various ways. However, my focus is verse 10. “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” Please note, it’s the love of money, not money, that “is the root of all kinds of evil.” This should come as no surprise if you are familiar with the dilemma of the rich, young ruler referenced in Matthew 19:16-30. The young ruler was put to the test by Jesus—and he failed. His possessions and wealth were his security, and he could part with neither.

Jesus used this teachable moment to tell his disciples it is difficult for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. Paul expounds on this in 1 Timothy 6. Clearly, the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.  Wealth can become an obstacle that prevents some people from coming to faith in God.

I am thankful for one of life’s lessons that I learned years ago: money does, indeed, not buy happiness. In spite of my extreme spiritual brokenness, God gave me undeniable insight into the life of a business professional. This man (a Christian, by the way) had a vast income—and a lifestyle that matched. Yet to me, there was a clear lack of contentment. That observation caused me to understand real contentment (genuine happiness) is an inside job. It didn’t matter that this man was a Christian—he lacked true contentment. This real life lesson saved me from longing for meaningless possessions.

I rejoice he allowed me to learn contentment in such a profound way.  I can never know the worries I saved myself from by rarely wanting more. My husband and I prefer a simple life on many levels. This style of living has allowed us to be givers.  God has placed a genuine desire in our hearts to step financially into the lives of others. We know it would be foolish to be stingy with the money he has sent our way! Without realizing it, this personal clarity has encouraged helpful progress in others.

Questions:
What areas of excess in your life need attention to align with God’s plan for you?  Is the path you are on leading you closer to God or further from him? What things in your life keep you from helpful progress?

Next Steps:   
Identify areas of “excess” where realignment is necessary. Align your priorities with God’s—make adjustments as needed.  Intentionally remove the things in your life keeping you from helpful progress.

Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for failing to realize you have ALWAYS been generous to me in countless ways. Reveal areas of excess in my life. Give me the courage to step into relationships that will bring me closer to you and an understanding of the truth of your word. In Jesus’ name,  amen.


This post was written by Karen Peck, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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Curve Ball

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 5

As I prepared for today’s chapter, I began as I always do whenever I write for the LIO: I sat down and prayed before getting started. I prayed that God would guide me. That somehow my life experiences may be of some use to others facing similar situations. For today’s chapter, I had already laid out a plan as to what to write about. I had even already picked the verse I wanted to write about:

1 Timothy 5:1-2 (NIV)
1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

Then, I got sidetracked for a little while before I could get started. While I was busy with other things, I got an email from a woman whose past actions had inflicted great pain in my life. She is someone I had not thought about in a long time, as I had moved on. Now, she wanted my help. The email was polite and to the point, though offered no apology for what she had done. God had thrown me a curveball!

At first, I was a bit confused, but then it intrigued me how the same verse that I had chosen to write about suddenly unveiled itself as  completely applicable to my situation. We are supposed to treat others with absolute purity. I forwarded her email to those whom I trust the most (and who knew what had happened) for feedback. They agreed with my initial thought that I should respond with kindness and help her as she had requested. God had given me an opportunity to show grace and to reflect on where my life is now.

I came to realize that I had learned so much from my past and that I had grown because of it. I had learned so many things that prepared me for a much better future. I asked myself whether I would go back and change anything I had lived through so far. And the simple answer is “no.” Because of my past—the good, the bad, and the ugly—I am the person I am now and have those in my life who love me and whom I love. So no, I would not change a thing! Well, at least nothing major—there are of course little things we all would rather forget or have done better….

When God sends a curveball, he probably is trying to get your attention and help you focus on everything he has already equipped you with. There is no point worrying about what curveballs may come. God’s got your back so that you can hit that curve ball and hit it out of the park!

Questions:
Has God thrown you a curveball lately? What did you do with it? Were you prepared? If not, did you learn from it? Would you handle it next time differently?

Next Steps:
Identity three people in your life whom you have had difficult interactions with in the past but who are no longer in your life. Make a plan for how you would handle an unexpected encounter with them or a request for help from them. Think of two things you could do in each case to show the same grace God has shown us.

Prayer:
Thank you Lord, for making me aware again of what I have learned with your help so far. Thank you for walking beside me all this time and for even carrying me at times. I am often in awe of how you work and how an unanticipated curveball can turn into an unexpected blessing. Amen.


This post was written by Cordula Mora. Cordula is a neuroscientist who currently works in the Provost office at Bowling Green State University. She was born and raised in Germany, then spent many years living in New Zealand before settling in the US almost 16 years ago. She was raised in a German Protestant church but feels blessed to have been spiritually awakened when she was introduced to CedarCreek Church. She thanks God every day for all the blessings in her life, including two amazing daughters. She is currently looking for someone who would like to serve the Lord with her.


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