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.
What are your plans for 2010? No, I didn't ask about your resolutions because most of those will be broken before they start. That is just a fact. What are your hopes and dreams and deepest desires? By the way, I have many and more are coming.
Marvin Gaye's song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" says some of this for me ... There ain't no mountain high enough, Ain't no valley low enough, Ain't no river wide enough, To keep me from getting to you ...
There are some things you can't keep people from. You have seen that and experienced it personally. I have a drive inside of me to lead The Community Fellowship to touch more people for Jesus. We have talked about a Dream Center type ministry in the middle of our county where hurting people can come for healing and to receive hope. That hope begins in Jesus, but so often lives won't open until you begin to meet people's physical needs. We've been doing that through our clothes closet and other SERVolution type activities along with ARK's (acts of random kindness), but in 2010 we are taking it to a new level.
On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month we will begin feeding hungry people. But our desire is not just to feed them physically because we want to feed them spiritually, too. Our method is to begin relationships as people talk one on one and get to know one another. As we find needs, we begin to meet them like linking people up with the things to meet their needs. It could be a health condition, a need for services or one of hundred different things. The Community won't be able to meet all those needs, but God can. I believe that 2010 will also birth more opportunities for us to serve others (more than our clothes and feeding ministries).
Our desire and our deepest hope is to connect people to their dreams and to fill them with hope. Look at the verse I began with. Jesus is the source of hope, and He has filled us with that hope. NOW it is time to overflow with that hope in meeting needs. Each of those needs is attached to person, to a soul in need of God. Many of these people will not know Jesus. Some of them are already God's kids but need a jump start back to Jesus. The plan for 2010 is to offer people hope.
Therefore, the ain't nothing gonna keep us from offering people hope and filling their dreams, no mountain or valley or river. It is awesome to watch people catch the excitement of someone who is following Jesus. With needs all around us and with the hope and love Jesus offers, lives will be changed. And we chose to be a conduit of Jesus changing lives.
The plan for 2010 for us includes our theme which is Dreams Come True and is all about us getting more dreams from God and asking God to fill the dreams of others. There is nothing greater, nothing more fulfilling, nothing any sweeter than helping people come to know God and the hope He has for each and every person.
What is your plan for 2010?
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) --- For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."