Head Winds

Dear Courageous,
 
In John 13:21  Jesus foretells of his betrayal. “Very truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
 
In John 13:38 Jesus foretells that Peter will deny him. “Will you (Peter) lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.”
 
Jesus did not face easy circumstances in pursuit of accomplishing his mission.  Just as Jesus faced challenges so too will the most faithful of Jesus followers  face tough times. To press into head winds that attempt to blow us off course is often the route the followers of Christ are called to take.
 
Next Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. At the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in 1956 King said, "The ultimate measure of a man (human being) is not where he (they) stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he (they ) stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his (their) position, his(or her) prestige, and even his(or her) life for the welfare of others. In dangerous valleys, and hazardous pathways, he (or she) will lift some bruised and beaten brother (or sister) to a higher and more noble life.”
 
Where might we each be too comfortable and living life out of convenience?  Where is Christ calling you to face a challenge and enter further into the pain of the world?  Sacrifice is often required for relational progress to be made.
 
Who are you uncomfortable to be around? Do you base your decisions from the basecamp of convenience?  The answers to questions such as these reveal the nature of the sacrifices we need to prayerfully ponder.
 
Prayers: For all who mourn the death of Ken Gardner, For those who seek to be faithful to the ways Jesus calls us to follow him with courage, Grace Benedict who is recovering from knee surgery, my good friend Erin Janss who is having back surgery in Iowa tomorrow.

*Please consider walking in the Marade this Monday. See the GGCC website or email Claudia Larson for details.  claudia.larson@godsgracecc.com
 
Still in One Peace,
 
Pastor David J. Jensen

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