#everyminutematters

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.  Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you.” Isaiah 42:2-4

We have quoted this verse many times since our area was hit with a flood in August.  It is the simple and powerful promise of God’s presence in times of flood, fire, and frustration.  He is with us because we are precious to him and he loves us.  Somebody really needs to hear that truth today.

This blog is my first time to sit down and write since the flood hit.  This has been a busy season of burdens and blessing.  I hope that I am able to convey the message of my heart and the heart of Fellowship Church to those who have flooded recently and to those who are working to help.

Every minute of every day someone in our community is minutes from giving up.

Some of you who reading this are those who have felt those emotions.  Perhaps you are experiencing that right now.  The stress people are under as they deal with the loss of everything they own is overwhelming.  Add to it the ups and downs of news about mold and permits and FEMA expectations or insurance assessments, people are experiencing moments of great discouragement, loneliness, and difficulty.

As you experience those emotions I urge you to consider the words found in Ecclesiates 3:1- 8 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”

There are seasons in life.  There is time and there are times.  There are trials and there are victories.  There is struggle and there is success.  I encourage you to weep as you cast away.  Take the time to mourn as you break down and clean out.  But I also encourage you to dance and to embrace.  Take the time to speak and to be silent.  And I implore you to not do this alone.

#everyminutematters.  God sees them all and he sees you in them.  He sees your hurt, your frustration, your fear, and your anger; but he also sees your hope, your strength, your courage, and your faith.  He loves you and you are precious to him.

Don’t give up.  This season will be difficult.  It will be hard.  But it will not be eternal.  That truth does not make these minutes you are living through easier or less difficult than they are; it simply puts them in right perspective.  Please know God is there.  Reach out to Him.  Pray.  Take the time in the midst of these times to worship Him.  Stop and know He is God, even if it is for a few moments, an hour, or a day.  And please read on as we consider the right heart to help.

To those who are reading this and hope that somehow you can help,

Every minute of every day someone in our community is minutes from giving up.

So #everyminutematters.

People need to know that we are here and that we know that they are there.

The ministry and life of Jesus is always a great example of how to interact with and act towards others.  Some people came to Jesus because they knew that he was here for them, but at other times Jesus went to people because he knew they were there – and that they needed him.

We as followers of Jesus must understand that our ministry is always one of presence.  The Church must have a presence in the community, but it also must be present in the community.  I am humbled by the passion and purpose the people I lead at Fellowship Church have put and are putting into this type of ministry in our community.

Church (not just Fellowship –every church), this is not a time to simply have a presence in the community.  This is not a time to simply make sure people know when your doors are open and where you meet.  This is a time open doors with tools and food in hand.

I encourage each of you who want to help that #everyminutematters.  You might not have all weekend or even an entire day to help someone.  Give them what you have.  When you show up and give someone an hour or two, you give them hope, love, and support.  They know someone knows that they are there.  Someone knows what they are going through…and they care.

Followers of Jesus, get out there and love people.  Get out there and give them Jesus with your hands, your feet, and your mouth.  Show his love, share his hope, and speak his name!

#everyminutematters

Don’t stop now.  Don’t give up.  And do not give in.  The best is yet to come.

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