People Need Hope

there’s no doubt the last month or so has found me leading a faster and busier pace than i usually like to maintain. most of it i really think is seasonal; easter is our church‘s biggest day of the year, and all ministries right now are running full throttle to put our best out there for the community. what’s really cool is that many in our church are even spending 24 hour periods fasting and praying for what God will do on april 8th, and some neat stories have been coming out of even just that!

i spent some time last week driving through many of the neighborhoods near our church, begging God in those moments to invade the lives of the people and families near us. and my heart broke anew for those far from God. i think it’s easy for those of us in suburban america to mask our brokenness. behind our big houses, fancy cars, and comfortable lifestyles, insecurity and relational instability spreads like cancer. we all know we can’t maintain this image forever, and this frantic pace is gonna kill us. while it may look good on the outside, our families are a mess and our personal lives are wrecked. so many in our community need hope.

i heard a friend recently say this:

the only thing we CAN’T do in heaven that we CAN do here is reach people far from God.

so simple. so profound. and so true.

and that’s why easter matters this year. that’s why it’s important that we pray and take action by inviting those around us.

i can’t wait to see the devil take a big punch right to the face this year, on good friday and easter! will you join me?

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3 Sentences That Give Students Hope

many of our students that know me well know that there are a few lines i repeat a lot. to them it may sound old and they probably feel like i need some new material. ¬†and i probably do…

but there’s at least one line worth repeating, because it gives hope to hurting students. it was told to me many times in my teenage years by people close to me and it gave me hope to push through the crap i had created in my life.

just the other day i got to dish out this favorite of mine, and i trust that it gave hope to this student in their moment of hurt:

“i just want you to know, i don’t think any less of you now that you’ve shared that. in fact, i think more highly of you now because of your honesty and courage. i’m not going anywhere.”

obviously it’s not the words itself that give hope, but the actions and follow through afterwards… but nonetheless it feels pretty powerful. are there other lines that you’ve used to give hope to hurting people in your world?