Last weekend, our campus pastors and guest John Ortberg spoke about peace as one of the fruits of the spirit. When it comes to peace, boy, do I need some tutoring!
There is a constant dialog in my mind and so many decisions to make. What should I do? How should I do it? When should I do it? Am I doing it right? Which way did that chicken cross the road?
That’s how it starts. No, I’m not talking about O.L.A.S. (Oh look, a Squirrel). Nope. Anxiety. Racing thoughts with no place to put them can really take a toll. It’s like carrying a chain with a link for every anxious thought. It gets heavier. It hurts. But that’s where God invites us to trust him and let him bear the weight for us; let him break our chains.
We don’t have to do it alone. God not only helps us but also puts people in our lives to lift us up.
“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
I love the bottom line for last weekend’s message: “Peace is a byproduct of God’s presence.” Sometimes God uses people, places, and activities to help us experience him.
That is why we were challenged to make a Life-Giving List. A list of things that we love. The people, activities, places, and things through which we experience God’s presence. Below is my list. Check it out and then think about the people, places and activities that help you connect with God.
People (Reach out more often.)
1. Ray – Leads Production at the Whitehouse Campus. I am a DreamTeam Member on his team
2. Mike – He and his wife, Connie, led my wife and I through pre-marriage mentoring. Mike sends me daily devotionals.
- My porch (outdoors in general)
What does your list look like? Where is God leading you this summer?
Get involved in a summer group with like-minded folks who share your interests. Make a Life-Giving List and share it with some people you trust.
Father God, as we step into summer, may we be in awe of your creation. Lord, you’ve created so many ways through which we have opportunities to connect with you. May we be bold enough to step into these things and accept the breath of life you’re offering. May your peace be with us as we seek you daily. Thank You, Father. In the name of your wonderful Son, Jesus, we pray. Amen.
This post was written by TJ McCroskey, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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