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God’s ways are not our ways.

Jesus said:

Happy are you when people insult you... You are the salt of the earth... Love your enemies... Don’t worry... It’s impossible for human beings. But all things are possible for God... The truth will set you free.

Matthew 5:11, 13, 44; 6:31; 19:26, John 8:32

Let’s seek God’s wisdom for our lives.

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But to those who are called—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom. This is because the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

1 Corinthians 1:24-25

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Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom for those who are called. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen God use people who are pointing to Christ to solve huge problems.

I now look for opportunities to pray with people about problems too big for them to solve. Once, when in a meeting with a school superintendent, he mentioned a $20 million budget cut that really hit the morale of struggling schools in his district. We prayed.

As God would orchestrate it, later that very same day youth pastors prayed for our county schools and were nudged to think about how to help people realize Christ’s mission to their schools. So, we planned a discipleship weekend where we taught about making a God-sized difference, and we planned service projects in some schools.

I’m still stunned. Every school improved. Where we did projects, the schools improved to “grade A,” and the superintendent won state superintendent of the year.

Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom. God wants to love through us! How might God use you where you are?

Brian Smith

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God, there is so much that seems too big for me. Help me see that your weakness is stronger than my strongest thought. Then, would you put me in situations where I can show Christ to the world, right where I am now? Amen.

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Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

What one thought do you want to meditate on today to see more of God?

Who needs to hear an encouraging word from your mouth?

Brian Smith

Brian Smith is a husband, dad of 3, and pastor at Chapel of the Resurrection to students at Florida State University in Tallahassee (rugehall.org). He loves funny t-shirts and is trying to make a snow machine for his back yard. He also serves as the Province IV (South-Eastern USA) rep to the Episcopal Young Adult and Campus Ministry Council.

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