Bill Campbell

Thoughts of Life and Ministry

HOW ABOUT SOME GOOD NEWS??

Life features a universal quest: to be loved. Accepted. Wanted. To belong. To be needed. Thus, life is not really about who you are, but rather about whose you are.

The universal drive is to be: included. Share an okay from others. To be on the team. Accepted by the inner circle. Given a place.

In a populated world with noise everywhere I encounter a lot of lonely hurting people. Those who are on the sidelines of life. They feel left out. Excluded. Without connection. They are in their little solo corner of the world.

I’ve experienced a lot of this non-acceptance among children. One child in a group, it seems, will always be left out by a larger group.  But the experience isn’t just with children. It seems to also be a growing experience in the adult world. Many adults feel pushed out of the larger circle. Alone. Swimming in the vast sea of life without anyone to grasp them. Preserve them. Hold them. Embrace them. Love them. Make them feel they are part of life.

Whenever I have the opportunity I enjoy bringing some good news into this otherwise lonely and hurting world. The good news is that you aren’t forgotten. Alone. Without connection. Unable to experience the joy of someone caring for you. Loving you. Holding you up when you’re down.

God says the following: “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart'” (Jeremiah 29:11-13 – NASB).

Do you get it? God wants to connect with you. Love you. Live in close fellowship with you. Enjoy intimacy with you. Be there for you when all others have left the playing field. 

Prior to this open door offered by God you were indeed all alone. Helpless. Hopeless. In great need. But God cared enough to reclaim and rescue you when that terrible intruder known as sin had ravaged you and left you beaten.

Through Christ, God chose to reach out with a helping hand and lift you from the mire and mess of a lonely and misdirected life. He not only offers you His constant presence to keep you afloat, He also offers you the fellowship available in His church. For it is in His church where genuine relationships are meant to be identified, formed and enjoyed. And together with new friends in His church you can reflect on life’s maze with the great ship Captain while sailing on life’s massive sea.

You are not alone, my friend. All by yourself. Swimming solo in life’s sea. For God wishes to have you on board in his ship. With his passengers you are headed for that grand and celestial city where life together will never end, and there will be only one endless family reunion!!

I’m anxious for life there!! How about you??

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June 24, 2011 - Posted by | Celebration, Christ, Christian Life, Church, Church and Family, Church and Ministry, Church Growth, Church Health, Church Leadership, Church Unity, Coaching, Discipleship, God, Heaven, Outreach, Relationships, Salvation, Scripture, Service, Spirituality

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