Don't Waste a Crisis
We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.
- Romans 8:28
Crisis is part of life. Some are personal - like death or divorce. Others are communal - like hurricanes or the current coronavirus pandemic. The question is - how will we be changed by the experience? Will we GROW from it or SHRINK from it? Will we emerge STRONGER or WEAKER from it? How will we change when all is said and done? Change is never comfortable, but there's always opportunity in the midst of the challenge. So, let me ask - how will you respond to this current coronavirus crisis? Will you embrace it or waste it? When I think about the periods of life when I grew the most, they're often connected with crisis. It's in those times when life turned upside down that I matured in strength, perseverance, and faith. Not that I welcomed hardships, but they played a vital role in shaping who I am - for better or for worse. The apostle Paul testifies that true hope (and maturity) starts with suffering. How? Suffering leads to perseverance. Perseverance produces endurance. Endurance produces character, and character that produces hope. (Romans 5:3-4) A little later in his letter, Paul reminds the Christians in Rome that God can bring good from even the most difficult of circumstances. (Romans 8:28) In other words, while the pain of crisis is real, so are the possibilities. While crisis brings chaos, it also brings opportunities. So, let's not waste this crisis. This is my hope for our church family, for each of you, for myself. Here's the good news - God can bring good from even the worst situations. Our Resurrected Lord specializes in offering life to lifeless tombs and hopeless hearts. So, let's use this time to CARE for the sick, PRAY for the hurting, CONNECT with the lonely, and SERVE the most vulnerable. Let's create more and complain less. Let's trust more and worry less. In doing so, we'll emerge from this pandemic with a greater PURPOSE, deeper FAITH, and a reinvigorated PRAYER LIFE. Pastor Caleb