I hope you awoke today "ready to embrace all the day has to offer." I'm grateful to have awakened feeling refreshed, which is good because there is no shortage of ministry ahead of us.
Our life together always includes important ways to serve, and Friday and Saturday will be two of those ways. This Friday afternoon, we will be gathering mattresses and frames to distribute Saturday morning (contact Art Justice to help). We will also be assisting with flood relief in Nichols this Friday or Saturday (contact Jim Harris to help).
Johnny Crouch was awake and ready to help yesterday. When it became clear Sunday morning that Hank Leeke wasn't well enough to preach in The Well, Johnny graciously agreed and pulled together a meaningful sermon. His willingness reminded me of the teaching in 1 Peter 3:15 - Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you.
We're awake today for a purpose - to live a life that demonstrates the hope in us. Our accounting for that hope is that God does not leave us in the frightening darkness of the dead of night, but is drawing us ever closer to the fullness of day that is his Kingdom, a Kingdom that was inaugurated in Jesus' first coming and will be fully installed in his next arrival.
Serving, preaching, sharing, forgiving, embracing, celebrating, encouraging, supporting, listening, resting, giving, worshiping, studying, and praying are all active ways to help us live in light of that light. See how many of those you can do today as a way of accounting for the hope in you and living a life that reflects the brightness of Christ's coming Kingdom.