Pastor's Corner

7 Jul
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Mid-Week Challenge

We’re all charmed by the way kids approach life, aren’t we? Toddlers and young kids have a way of finding delight in even the most routine events. Do you remember a time in your life where you could grab a stick in your backyard and instantly become a sword-wielding knight fending off villains? Or maybe you would look for bugs in nature and envision an epic journey to a faraway land.

Children find delight in a lot of stuff that you and I (serious adults) consider real time wasters. I realize that most grown-ups might feel hesitant to play knights in the yard and wouldn’t devote much time to staring at a bug. But I believe we would all be better off if we recaptured some of the feelings of delight, adventure, and possibility that children feel every single day.

It’s no wonder that Jesus emphasized the theme of living with childlike wonder several times, as when he told his serious-minded disciples, 

Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. — Matthew 18:3

Paradise belongs to children and the childlike, the young and the young at heart.

To kick-start that kind of energizing shift, we need simply to view our routine, ordinary experiences with the fresh, new view that a child might have.   When it comes to a renewed sense of wonder, appreciation changes everything. You may have come across the thought-provoking question, “What if tomorrow the only things in your life were the things you expressed gratitude for today?”

Today, take time to “think like a child” – What are you thankful for today? We are only promised the moment we are living in.  Make the very most of each and every second so that each and every second makes a difference in your life and those with in your scope of influence.  You are more important to these people than you might think!!

Inspired by Tim Timberlake’s devotion: Childlike Wonder:

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  Hebrews 3:13

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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