This was one of those stories on NPR that grabbed my attention.
A recovering heroin addict spoke of how his recovery led into paths of new life, including earning his GED and being hired as a supervisor on a crew refurbishing a Victorian home.
He shared, “I feel like I was a carpenter in a past life. I can pick up a tool, know what it’s used for, and how to use it.”
His statement contained a message of hope amidst struggle.
Hope amidst struggle.
For the beloved community, this is our message.
We have a number of opportunities to “pick up a tool” in our district, including the Multi-Site Workshop this Thursday, September 22 at First United Methodist Church in Phoenix and the How to Reach New People Trainings led by Griffith Coaching in October. The dates and sites for the Griffith trainings are:
- October 14-15, 2016, CrossRoads UMC, 7901 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
- October 28-29, Prescott Valley UMC, 8944 E Sommer Dr, Prescott Valley, AZ
Please receive the following words for the journey:
“Personal ministry is not about always knowing what to say. It is not about fixing everything in sight that is broken. Personal ministry is about connecting people with Christ so that they are able to think as he would have them think, desire what he says is best, and do what he calls them to do even if their circumstances never get “fixed.” It involves exposing hurt, lost, and confused people to God’s glory, so that they give up their pursuit of their own glory and live for his.”
― Paul David Tripp
How will the tools God uses to equip us with help others to experience God’s love, peace and, of course, hope?
As always, God continues to churn within each of us in surprising ways. God in Christ Jesus loves us to holy excess. God speaks into our lives in every breath of the Spirit. And the grace of God is what defines us.
I look forward to our continued journey together, and I thank God for each of you as you seek to offer hope in the name of the Resurrected One.
(2 Thessalonians 3:16)