Note: The following text is from Chris Underwood, from Chicago. Chris is in SJCampos for three months working with Embraer. It’s been a pleasure to have him in the congregations here. He sends out a monthly “Encouragement Note” and graciously allowed us to share it here.
“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” ―Mary Tyler Moore
Romans 5:2-4 “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:”
No one plans at an early age to lose a child, to become an alcoholic, fail in marriage, file bankruptcy, lose their faith in God, or find a point in their life trying to figure out how I got myself in this much trouble. Failure happens to all of us at some level physically or spiritually.
You and I have a choice each day. Do we let the failure, and concern about the consequences of failure, keep us stagnant in our faith and walk with God? Do we use the power of God’s love to move forward and away from repeating sin?
Fortunately the access to the power of God’s love and eternal reward is not based on income, education, country of birth, external looks or entrepreneurial skill. You and I are welcome to the invitation extended to all who are willing to hear.
Jesus invited fisherman, tax collectors, educated, kings, queens, governors, priest, treasurers, orphans, widows to hear and know that his sacrifice on the cross would extend to everyone who is willing to believe and obey in good times, and not-so good times.
Yes there will be failures and thorns in our side that we wish could have been avoided in hindsight. It takes courage to be honest with the face in the mirror and ask for forgiveness and correction.
It is thru the weakness of our selves that we can be strong in the Lord so nothing will ever be able to take us away from the hand of God.
Maybe at this time your life is full of spiritual strength, physical success and daily prayer. That is the place to be in our daily life. There may come a moment, a day, or a year where our walk of faith gets twisted and confused.
Just know there is a way back to God when things turn upside down with the direction of your life. The crown of life that Jesus will give to all that truly look for his appearing is part of the eternal reward plan of God.
Romans 8:31, 35, 38-39 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Have a great day
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