Yes! So concludes Entrust’s own pastoral care-giver, Roger Gulick. No matter what the weather is doing, no matter is what is going on in your personal life or in your world, you can find hope. Read here.
Or read on, on Page 6 of our recent Engage eMagazine and enjoy the rest of the eMagazine as well.
“I just want to play video games.” How many times have you heard this? Or, be honest, how many times have you said it?
A huge number of people in the western world spend far too many hours sitting in front of screens, engaging in virtual fighting, war, chases or matching up pieces of animated candy. Relaxing? Maybe. Good for you? Overall, probably not so much. Evidence of being stuck in adolescence? Quite possibly.
Older generations complain that millennials are lazy. But, conversely, how often do millennials see their elders indulging in the same non-productive activities?
In other words, maybe all of us need to grow up. Let’s determine to set good examples for each other in the coming year. Boomers and GenXers, encourage your millennials to get out of the basement and talk. Millennials, drag those older folks out of their easy chairs and into the real world. You never know. It could be refreshing!
- Before you eat, go around the table and have each person say one thing they appreciate about the person to their right. No silly answers allowed!
- Build a Tower of Thanks. Give everyone three to five pieces of card stock and markers. Have them write or draw a picture of something they’re thankful for on each piece of paper, then fold the paper in half or into an interesting shape. Go around the table sharing one paper at a time, then adding it to a growing Tower of Thanks in the middle of the table, seeing how high you can build your tower.
- Go thanksgiving caroling. Walk the neighborhood or a nursing home, singing songs, handing out handmade thanksgiving cards or performing acts of kindness. (Burn some calories and show kindness to others at the same time!)
- Be creative. Dream up your own gratitude-building activity and share it with a friend (including us!)
Praying can seem mechanical or routine at times. Let Entrust’s pastoral care provider, Roger Gulick, encourage you today. Read more at www.entrust4.org/SeptENC
Pastors in Hungary are among those who serve their congregations with joy and energy all year, often with very little encouragement, let alone rest or refreshment. Which is why Entrust’s annual camp for Hungarian pastors and their families – underway now – is so appreciated here.
Take just a moment now to pray for each pastor, each spouse, each kid at camp. Ask God to refresh, rejuvenate, encourage, inspire, maybe even heal, each one. Ask God to strengthen Entrust’s Mark Van Bebber and Monty Taylor as they lead and serve at this camp. Pray that this camp, ending tomorrow, will lead to a year of even more excellent ministry in Hungary, to the glory of God.
Comparisons to friends or siblings, struggles with grades, body image issues, insecurities of all kinds can really drag you down.
But guess what. In God’s eyes, if you’ve trusted Christ as your savior, you have a perfect grade. Let Entrust’s Roger Gulick tell you more (www.entrust4.org/JuneENC). And be encouraged!