A pastor friend said he was challenged to be the “lead repenter” of his church, the one who sets the example in showing what it means to confess sin and apologize. I loved that. Certainly I want to be a great example too, but this practice extends to all of us. We need to be the lead “repenters” in our homes, schools, and offices. That requires us to think less highly of ourselves (yes, that’s biblical) and to believe God really does forgive (more Bible truth!). This week, let’s take advantage of opportunities to swallow our pride and show people what it means to be loved by Jesus. 1 John 1:8–9: If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
Where's is my routine! I love the change of pace that summer often brings, but I AM MISSING my normalcies! This particular summer brought lots of changes and unforeseen busyness and it has felt like a game of catch-up in many ways. All good changes, but even good changes can be easily stressful. In the middle of all the chaos, God is still constant. When everything is moving and changing around you, he is steady and still. His movement is not chaos. When we are in him, no matter what our season or situation, he is steady. He's the calm in the storm. And when we stay and abide in him, we only change for the good. His work is never finished and change can come at anytime. But when we stay in him, no matter what change may bring, we stay firm in our foundation.