Seasons. With each new season comes new opportunities, new tasks and new challenges. The change of seasons can be exciting; filled with anticipation and hope for what’s to come. But the change of seasons can also bring feelings of anxiety as we await the unknown of what’s ahead. As one year winds down a new year waits in the shadows, what is your hope for 2019?
Each day in life is a blank slate, waiting for us to write new moments and watch our life stories unfold. And even though the newness of each day is fresh and sweet, it also brings uncertainty. No matter how much we plan and prepare, things can change in an instant, redirecting our paths in ways we couldn’t have imagined.
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From the moment we’re born, our entire life is measured by growth. As newborns, we’re weighed to the ounce and measured to the quarter of an inch. As we get older, we attend check-up after check-up to ensure that we are growing at a healthy rate. In our homes, we often have a wall dedicated to a series of tally marks documenting height as we grow throughout childhood.
Characters of Courage: Esther
Courage. When it comes to characters who are constantly courageous, superheroes are the quickest to come to mind. In movies and on TV, these heroes never seem afraid to do whatever it takes to save the day. Superheros are fearless in the face of danger, because they’re confident in their power. They don’t have to be afraid, because they know they have the strength to rise to any challenge.
Imagine this: you’re at a theme park with friends, preparing to step aboard your favorite roller coaster. It’s the one that begins with stomach-wrenching drop and races through multiple flips, twists and turns. In those few moments (maybe even seconds!) on the ride, your entire being is surrendered to where the coaster takes you. You give up control and enjoy the freedom of flying through the air, following the coaster’s set path.
It’s a new school year, Kampers! As we settle into our new routines, let us be reminded of God’s provision among the changing seasons. Summer is a time for growth, but fall is a time for harvest—a time for us to reap God’s blessings and dwell in his evergreen faithfulness. In this excitement of a fresh start, have you stopped to consider what God envisions for your life in the year ahead?