THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: YOU GOTTA STAY ENGAGED. The connections and responsibilities you have in your life are your greatest ally, DON’T EVER DESPISE THEM. Work, family, relationships, ministry…all can be a source of frustration and sometimes we feel like we want to just run. As we figure things out, work through our frustrations, difficulties and challenges we grow and are strengthened. As hard as it may seem sometimes, it is our trials that are produced from our connections in life that become the greatest source of God’s favor and blessing in our lives. How frustrating was man’s fall to God?….but He figured it out, initiated and set in motion the plan of our redemption and here we sit today, out of great frustration and trial GOD’S LOVE HAS PREVAILED OVER SIN. So don’t run, don’t quit and don’t ever give up. Stay with it, pray!…God has a solution and in the struggle of discovering that solution God accomplishes great things in your life. It is in the crucible of trial that the best attributes of God are reproduced in us. [James 1:2-4] “My brethren, count it all JOY when you fall into various TRIALS, knowing that the TESTING of your faith PRODUCES PATIENCE. But let patience have its PERFECT, that you may be PERFECT and COMPLETE, lacking nothing.” For all that to happen YOU GOTTA STAY ENGAGED!
– Pastor Stephens