With teachers and students returning to class soon, I feel us turning a corner into a new season of activity and more established schedules. Do not feel overwhelmed because God will strengthen you for every task He’s called you to do.
When He stretches us, it can feel painful, but His plan for us is assuredly good. Good days are ahead!
Whatever God has put on your heart, step into. There has been so much we have not done because of a deficiency of confidence. Meanwhile, God is offering to be our confidence. God is your help and strength, so whatever you attempt in His name will end in eternal good. It is time to do what is in your heart.
We instinctively long for covenant relationships. What is this? It’s a sacred agreement between two parties. This covenant takes away the fear of abandonment. I wish I would have learned this principle earlier in life. It would have saved me from sin, mistakes, and the destruction of meaningful relationships.
An example of this is Jacob and his father-in-law, Laban. Their poor relationship turned into a covenant relationship.
Genesis 31:44 (CSB) “Come now, let’s make a covenant, you and I. Let it be a witness between the two of us.”
Genesis 31:49 (CSB) … “May the Lord watch between you and me when we are out of each other’s sight.”
Covenant requires trust. Both the Lord and the covenant watch over the two parties when they are apart. None of us have been perfect in this, but we can live with this understanding and aspiration from this point forward.
The biggest question about preserving unity we often overlook is, “Can I love you?”
I love you when we disagree. I love you when you tick me off. I love you if you are deceived. I love you if you are immature. I love you if you understand something I won’t comprehend for years. I love you if you have had experiences and hold a worldview I’ll never be able to comprehend. I love you no matter who you voted for. I love you despite your sin. I will be friends with you. I will talk to you before I write you off. I will give you another chance. I will turn the other cheek. I will restore you with gentleness. I will choose love over the offense.
That is a hard way to live, and I do not always live to this standard. This perspective is Jesus-style living and a goal of our faith.