Saying What's Hard

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would imagine at least a few of you spent some time with your in –laws over the holiday season. With a dose of Jesus’ love and grace mixed in, I am confident your time went just fine. Yet there are times when an in-law will challenge us. Old Testament hero Moses had a father-in-law named Jethro who, on at least one occasion, told Moses some things that had to be hard to hear.

In Exodus 18:18, Moses is clearly practicing the lifestyle of a workaholic. Jethro tells him, “You will surely wear yourself out, you and these people with you. For the task is too heavy for you; to do it alone.” The words of father-in-law Jethro carry some great wisdom.

Who among us is off and venturing into 2011 and feeling overwhelmed with the tasks before us? Have you embraced the God who is with you in each meeting, phone call, email, turn of the key, and every decision? Evidence abounds that the answer for most us is NO. You were created to find meaning in stress, not to be stressed out.

Take a moment and say Psalm 46:10 slowly, until you can feel the presence of your God in a fresh way…
“Be still and know that I am God!”

Peace be with you,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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