from Ephesians 1:5-10 and John 4:1-18
Many of us see the turn of the calendar year as an opportunity for a fresh start, a chance to make some changes, to improve some things about who we are. We enter a new year with a sense of hope and possibility.
What happens when we fall short of those things we want to see change?
What happens when this seems to be the pattern not only in our resolutions and goals, but more importantly in our walk with Jesus? How do you navigate the feeling of falling short once again? Is there guilt? Shame? Weariness? How does it affect your relationship with God? With others?
How might things begin to look different if you approached those disappointments with the understanding that…Jesus knows…and loves you anyway?
w/ Vern Collins
from Philippians 2:1-8
Not only were we created for relationship with God, but we were actually created for relationship with one another as well. We know that Jesus makes possible through His death and resurrection, relationship with God. But Jesus also makes life-giving relationship with one another possible through that same death and resurrection.
The problem is, something that is meant to be such a gift and such a reflection of Who God is in the relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…relationship with one another…is the cause of some of our greatest frustration and hurt in this world.
So how do we love one another well. How do we operate in ways that are healthy and foster relationships that reflect Who Jesus is to the world around us?
We begin with humility.
w/ Vern Collins