I need the big picture to keep going in my life. Sometimes I need a reason just to live when life feels overwhelming or without purpose. Yesterday I began our TEXTING of James 2:14-17 in 1:2-4. This is priceless, and always meets me where I am.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have it perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Just ask yourself....What if it's true? You...complete, perfect, LACKING IN NOTHING!
Have you ever wanted to "have it all together?" The words here mean mature, full. Like an orange that not only has all of the slices, but each slice has grown to maturity. Perfect.
Such is the perfect RESULT of endurance, not bailing out of difficulties, but rather learning from them and allowing them to change us. I have yet to meet a person who is genuinely mature who hasn't become that way apart from their patient response to trials in their lives. It can take decades, but what could be more valuable? Talk about a legacy! That's why James says, "Consider it ALL joy when you encounter various trials..." Nothing can do for us what trials can do! If we let God do it, they can literally save us from ourselves.
That is THE BIG PICTURE of your life! Take a good long look. Your life depends upon it!
Operation Cooperation is off to a great start this summer!
* 179 campers at Camp in the City... 57 GFC volunteers helped make it happen!
* Mobile Food Pantry has been moved into the Mountain View neighborhood. Many do not have cars and now they can walk to get food. We are serving over 100 families each Saturday. If you want to help serve, click here.
* Working with Second Harvest Food Bank, over 1,000 backpacks of food are being delivered during the month of June to Johnson City summer school students who are food deprived.
* Of course, we are gearing for ECHO week - beginning July 28! Check it out this Sunday or go online.
All of this is due to your financial generosity and your giving of yourself to others! Thank you.
Grace and peace,
Posted on Mon, June 30, 2014
by Tom Oyler