Something To Celebrate
Something to Celebrate
Listen to the noise of American culture and one could think that there is only doom, gloom, deep, dark depression and excessive misery. Last Sunday, though, during sharing time, we countered such things with resounding comments about good and joyous things.
Reviewing NM’s Prayer Journal, we noted that . . .
- Vera Lenibach’s heart cath went off without incident
- Mary Yoder has rebounded from health issues
- Ray Hochstetler’s bone marrow tests revealed “nothing”
- Kris El Haoudi’s “results revealed no cancer”
When the microphone was passed . . .
- Corben Boshart revealed that he and Mara are engaged
- Bruce and Sandy Slabaugh told us that they are going to be grandparents
- Ruben Chupp noted that two couples are involved in premarital counseling in preparation for their marriages
Are there bad things in this world? Certainly! But to a certain extent, we find what we look for. That is to say that the way we generally view things determines whether this old world is a good or bad place. If the world is a good place, it’s easy to be afraid and negative. If the world’s a good place, things appear brighter, more positive. But there is a firm, unmoving reality for those grounded on Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, English Standard Version). That is cause for celebration.
Martin Luther King might have a word for us: “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” For followers of Jesus, “moving forward” is striving to become more like Jesus. That dramatically alters the lens through which one views the world. Jesus makes a difference . . . if we let him.