A short devotional on Romans 12:3-5. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Friday, October 2, 2020
The last few months, God has been taking me on a personal growth journey. And it hasn't been quite what I expected.
I've had some challenges in my personal life, which has shaken up my normal.
People have reached out, and now I am experiencing relationships with friends in ways that are more meaningful than I ever experienced before.
I struggle with finding meaning in personal relationships. I have been pastoring since 1999, and over time you learn that you can't always trust people. When you are in a position of influence, sometimes people are nice to you because you can do something for them.
So you learn to survive. I care about people and have empathy, but it's been really hard to find meaning in relationships because I hesitate, because I don't want to get burned. I care, I really do, but I have trouble completely trusting, so the relationships, because of my mistrust, aren't that meaningful.
However, the last few weeks and months, people have reached out in such a kind and thoughtful way, I'm beginning to trust again. And with that trust, then those relationships are becoming meaningful.
I share this, not because I like to expose my heart to the world, but because I know there is a lot of hurt out there. I don't think I am the only one who guards their heart so it doesn't get hurt.
But I'll tell you what. If you can find a caring, safe, community. It's really good! It's really healing.
In fact, that's God's plan for us.
Romans 12:3-5 says:
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
We are at our best. We live the most meaningful lives when we are connected in God community.
I've been a pastor for 20 years and am learning this in a new way.
If you don't have one, I would urge you to seek out a faith community. When it is working, it's the best thing in this world.
Thanks for connecting.
May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow