Mick’s Memo – My Hopes for 2019
Looking back on 2018 I am encouraged, surprised, thankful and saddened. Milestone events have transpired, progress has been made on many fronts, and new friends have been made. I’ve seen growth in others—their faith, their marriages, their character and their progress toward greater Christlikeness. Our expansion project has gone from just some trenches with concrete footers to having the outside image of what will be. Around us, the community, our state, country and the international scene show the need for the healing work of Jesus.
Looking ahead I am excited that our mission—Bringing Christ’s compassion to people at the CrossRoads of Life; remains relevant and worthy of our diligent efforts. The resurrection still stands as the prime evidence that Jesus is the best hope for all of mankind. When we follow Him, become like Him and love like He loved us; we change things deeply and eternally. But how?
I recommend intentional time with Jesus. He is the change agent. He is the One we are called to represent. Regular time reading the accounts of His life in the gospels, reading other books about His life and spending time in prayer with Him. I love the account of Peter and John, after Jesus returned to heaven, when they had been arrested for healing a crippled man and preaching about Jesus…
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 (NIV)
Wouldn’t it be great if that were true of us–that as people spent time around us they would sense that we had been in the presence of Jesus?
I recommend intentional relational connection. We are called to be people of love; loving the near and the far from God. When we regularly gather with fellow followers of Jesus, we give and receive encouragement, reality checks, comfort, help, and inspiration. As we cultivate friendships with those who don’t yet know Jesus, we can bring His forgiveness to our workplace, school rooms and neighborhoods; showing them tangible evidence of His love.
There are many unknown events around the bend for us in 2019. Thankfully, God knows what they are, when they will happen and has already planned how we can prevail in them. I look forward to partnering with you all this next year; anticipating blessings as God furthers His purposes through us.
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend when we will look at “The Pursuit of Happiness” in the new year.