Thursday, January 3, 2008

ice is hazardous :: Tuesday E-Devotion

Luke 3:18 (nlt) --- John used many such warnings as he announced the Good News to the people .
 
It feels like snow around here.  But there is none.  Below freezing temperatures and lots of wind.  I have often seen the warning sign along highways.  All kinds of signs and conditions that we need to be ready for.
 
I hear people talk about bad weather and the trouble it often cause, but you know what?  I like the challenges of it.  In fact there are times that we would miss some of the fun of life or beautiful scenes God creates unless we brave the weather.
 
Ice is just one of those hazards.  It may make you call.  It will make your car spin or even wreck (been there).  But that ice brings some awesome conditions I like to see.  Ice cycles.  Frozen ponds or lakes.  Small stream of the melting water.  We could and will miss so much.
 
Think about it.  What conditions in life keep you from missing the best?  It could be due to fear or many other things that you don't take challenges.  We need to be "stepping confidently into the unknown" as our new series, Chase the Lion, at The Community Fellowship encourages (begins this Sunday).
 
"The world is full of cautious and prudent people who will live fine, long lives.  But chances are if you spend your life in an attempt to eliminate risk, uncertainty and fear you will miss out on some of the most amazing experiences a person can have with Jesus."   (page 10 in the small group study book)
 
It is time to live intentionally not letting our fears or the challenges of life stop us from being all God made us to be.
 
Romans 15:13 (nlt) --- I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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