Every Monday, our Sunday School leadership sends out an email to all teachers. The thoughts below are from last Monday's email. The phrase that really caught my attention was "I'm not sure if it has been this brutally cold winter or just time in the valley..." With so much winter this year and with so many sick, who doesn't need a rekindled flame. Thought you'd enjoy her words of encouragement.
The Message (MSG)
5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
Good morning everyone,
Have you seen those Charter commercials that start with, "When your cable goes out...."? And then it follows a downward progression to some absurd, but funny ending. Have you ever thought that the same example could be used for our spiritual life? I think it would go something like this: When our flame goes out, we get stressed and depressed. And when we get stressed and depressed we try to take things into our own hands. And when we take things into our own hands, we make bad choices. And when we make bad choices, we think we are failures. And when we think we are failures, we get in a rut. Don't get in a rut. Ask God back into your life and get in the groove!
I'm not sure if it has been this brutally cold winter or just time in the valley, but I have noticed a lot of people who seem to have lost their flame. God tells us we will have highs and lows, but no matter the season, we must draw near to Him. I pray that we reconnect to the life-sustaining Vine so we can produce much fruit for the Kingdom!"