Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
With the pace and direction our culture is heading, I am more convinced that to live vibrantly as a Christ-follower and to love God and others well takes an uncommon courage. To do so as a mom today takes a super uncommon courage! I am so grateful for so many in the PCC body who do this well.
To live courageously, it is essential that we renew our minds with what God says is true and filter our view of our surroundings through that truth. This is called a worldview — the perspective on which you base your beliefs.
Our worldview includes how we see God, ourselves, others, the past, the present, the future, money, time, good, and evil. Our worldview influences everything in our lives and every choice we make.
The editors at GQ magazine last month published a piece called, “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” They put the Bible as number 12 on the list, claiming that it is a “repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned” book. They also said that “it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced.” That’s a pretty bold claim coming from a magazine about the best-selling book in history – and one that predates the magazine’s existence by literally thousands of years!
It takes courage to prioritize God’s word and soak in it so that God’s word saturates our attitudes, our relationships, and the way we love. It takes courage to slow down so we can think deeply about the trajectory of our lives and not just float along with the cultural current.
Courage is fresh on my mind this week as we head into Mother’s Day. We have an amazing experience in store for all of us this Sunday as we celebrate women and look at the dire need for women of valor in our homes, in our churches, and in our culture.
We will worship God for His amazing creation of women, we will hear from women regarding the courage they’re depending on God for when it comes to their calling, and we will dig into God’s word, looking at the unique courage God calls all of us to live with. Finally, we have a creative and moving benediction from PCC “Wonder Women,” battle-tested women of valor.
We all need this! Come early and linger long after the gatherings are over. I’ll see you on Sunday!
I love being your pastor!
PS: Join me this Wednesday night for prayer in the Worship Center Basement from 7:15-8:30pm as we courageously intercede for our church and our community.