Good Folks, it is Friday, August 11, 2017. Tomorrow, a 14-member medical and construction team leaves for Santiago, Panama, for 10 days. Of the 14 folks going, 12 are members of the church. This will be my second opportunity to travel to Panama and be part of this great church’s missional efforts, internationally.
Many years ago, I came across a saying that became etched in my heart. It goes like this, “The greatest tragedy in life is not to have failed, but to have failed to try.”
There are several factors that contribute to the “failed to try” part of this statement. Fear, confidence, or lack thereof. Support, or lack thereof again. Education or experience requirements for this or that situation. The list could be endless. Sometimes, we feel defeated before entering the ring of opportunity.
Scriptures give us counsel on moving forward:
Romans 8:15, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
The flip side of using scripture to move forward without planning has me going back to scripture:
Luke 14:28, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?”
I believe that God affords us opportunities that will further His Kingdom. Our actions, as it is part of His purpose, makes things happen that will be pleasing. Again, scripture:
Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Go ahead. Go for it. Try. Try again. Should you fail, you are not alone. I do know how you feel; however, I will be one to tell you to get up, dust yourself off, get back on the bicycle of life and start heading down the road to God promised place for you.
God does what God does best. The answer lies in The Book.
See you >Sunday in church.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank