A Hopeful Plan

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Key Bible Verse: And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9, ESV)

Dig Deeper: 

Would we shame a young couple needing financial counselling for thousands of dollars in credit card debt? Of course not. They need a plan for not feeling overwhelmed and encouragement for taking one step at a time toward financial freedom. So let’s cast a vision and create a plan for a sexual integrity path—one that’s filled with hope.

Depending on our situation, we might feel overwhelmed by the number of areas in which improvement needs to occur. Big and small, these areas are often interconnected. Feelings of sadness impact our perception of how God feels toward us. Our difficulty in perceiving God’s unconditional acceptance spills over into a lack of confidence to pursue or trust friendships. Marital discord leads to overeating or loss of sleep afterwards. Overindulgence on yesterday’s pizza causes sluggishness and struggle with mental focus the next morning.

It can feel like a tangled spider web at times.

But what if bad news were actually good news in disguise? If everything’s interconnected, each impacting the others in some way, then making a simple decision to start anywhere would reverse the downward spiral. Like paying down debt or increasing cash reserve, what if every choice we make that’s consistent with our values strengthens our ability to do it again and again?

– Michael Todd Wilson in Unburdened

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