Greetings! I pray your day is running on new grace and new mercy. A meditation by Max Lucado says to "Remember Who Holds You." When we began our spiritual journeys, we were small people willing to consider a truth than to continue living in the dark sin of our lives, with our "all by myself" declarations. God chose to immerse us in mercy, to stitch together our shredded souls, and to deposit His Spirit in us. This is what our big God did ... He blessed our small faith.
As we grow in the knowledge and power of God through His Word, He gradually changes us and Max says this change causes us to "lust less, love more, lash out less, look heavenward more." And when this change happens, people notice the difference; they applaud us; they promote us; they admire us, so that we don't feel so small anymore. And, when they talk as if we are something special, don't let pride creep back in. A compliment should feel nice and serve as ladder rungs to elevate us for God's glory, and to not forget Who is still holding us!
On this WINS-day, take time to remember how far God has brought you; how He held you in the beginning of your spiritual journey; and, how He still holds you today. Paul reminds the Corinthians to "Look at what you were when God called you." (1 Cor. 1:26) I can certainly peep in the rearview mirror of my life and recall the moment God lifted me out of my Egypt. This is a season to have gratitude, not complain or be in despair, but to remember Who holds you! In doing so, you WIN and those compliments will truly serve as ladder rungs that God is allowing your elevation. Today, remember ... as you run the race that's set before you ... for in the end, you WIN!
Rev. Renee Hollinshed
Interim Executive Director