Washington, DC posted by John Sorensen on Jun 25, 2010
It was a wonderful week in Washington, DC. Hot, but cool all at the same time!
We had a number of events this week made awesome by the leadership of George and Linda Roller, Shirley Beattie, and Scott Carson.
We had an awesome team from First Baptist Church, Weston, FL come and help. They were great.
One of the events was the award ceremony for the Distinguished Christian Statesman of the Year. This year, we awarded it to Rep. Robert Aderholt from Alabama. He is truly a delightful man, a great public servant, and an awesome Christian.
In this picture you see (L to R) me, my wife Ann, Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy, Caroline and Robert Aderholt, and Linda and George Roller.
I got the chance to connect with several other key friends of the ministry this week as well like Todd Akin, Mike Pence, and Randy Forbes (last year’s winner). I am always encouraged when I see folks like this serving on Capitol Hill. Please commit to pray for them daily, as the Bible encourages us to do.
I was impressed this week with three thoughts that impact us as well:
1- it’s important to know the right thing to do. I guess you can call this wisdom, although sometimes it’s just common sense. The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And that if we ask God for wisdom, He will give it to us in grand supply. I guess the reason we lack it so much is that we don’t ask?
If you act without knowing the right thing to do, you will make a lot of mistakes. And hurt others in the process. Plus, you’ll waste your time, doing junk when you could have been doing great things.
Sometimes you have to wait for God to show you what the right thing is. But it’s worth the wait. Wait and pray and He will show you. This goes for what you do in life, who you witness to, what key decisions you make, you name it. God’s way is what we’re looking for.
2- once you know what to do it takes courage to act. This may seem obvious but lots of people know what to do and don’t do it. Why? Lack of courage. In a way, this is the difference between knowing about something and trusting in it. Randy Forbes drove this idea home this week. You can’t just know it, you have to trust in it.
I was reminded about David. The truth was that the army of God often contained tons of folks that could toss a stone via a sling. Most could split a hair with their shot. But none of those guys went out to take on Goliath, did they? Why not? They didn’t trust in it. Oh, they knew about it alright. But knowledge isn’t trust. If you don’t know the story of Blondin, then google it.
3- grace is critical as we act. We are told that love never fails, yet so much of what we try to do we do in our own strength. Grace changes everything. Love profoundly today. Love radically. Tell people you love them. Tell them that God loves them. This week I was reminded of the power of love. It allows the heart to do what the mind cannot. Go for it! You can’t lose.
I pray you have a blessed weekend. I’m preaching Sunday on Proverbs 3:5-6.