28 Dec Hard Things Now Means Better Things Later
As 2018 comes to a close, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for who you are and all you have been this year, as a part of the Mosaic Church Austin community.
Each year brings with it ups and downs and unexpected blessings and trials alike, and this year was no exception for us.
While I have been extremely gratified by our rapid growth, and most of all by all the people whose lives have been changed and who God has added along the way, this year has been a challenging one for me, personally.
Over and over and over again I have felt so stretched, and yet, as I was praying this morning, I realized I felt, all at once, a number of things I would not have expected to feel given the level of challenge I have been through: peace, encouragement, and strength for what’s next.
And then I remembered Hebrews 12:11: “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it…”
When God is in it, He is working to make you stronger and better than you were before, although you can’t see it at the time.
Surely, God has been working in me, working in you, working in us this year to make us more like Him than ever before.
My prayer for you, as we enter the last year of this decade, is that God will grant you just a peek of His heart for you, and that you would be able to glimpse, at least just a little, of how much He is working in your life right now.
For He Himself has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper. What can people do to me?”
Happy New Year.