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Whose Hands Is It In

As I write this article I have been looking at the tasks and the opportunities that lie ahead of us as to minister to and with our community as we seek to make a lasting impact on people’s lives for the cause of Christ. I am excited about all the possibilities. At the same time I feel inadequate to carry out the task to which God has called me. Maybe you know what I’m talking about. But, is it up to us alone, in our own strength with our own limited resources to do it? The answer is “No.” A friend sent me an email that, I think, may speak to our needs as we look to the days ahead – everything depends on whose hands things are in….Read on.

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.00.
A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands was worth about $33 Million.
It depends whose hands it’s in.

A baseball bat in my hands is worth about $15.00.
But a baseball bat in Alex Rodriguez’s hands was worth about $29 Million.
It depends on whose hands it’s in.

A tennis racquet is useless in my hands.
But a tennis racquet in Pete Sampras’ or Venus Williams’ hands is a Wimbledon Championship.
It depends on whose hands it’s in.

A rod in my hands might keep away a wild animal.
But a rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea.
It depends on whose hands it’s in.

A slingshot in my hands is a kid’s toy.
A slingshot in David’s hands is a mighty weapon.
It depends on whose hands it’s in.

Two fish and five biscuits in my hands is a fish and chips combo.
But two fish and five biscuits in God’ hands will feed thousands.
It depends on whose hands it’s in.

Nails in my hands might [if I’m really lucky] produce a birdhouse.
But nails in Jesus’ hands will produce salvation for an entire world.
It depends on whose hands it’s in.

You get the picture by now. Everything depends on whose hands it’s in. As we look to the future of our lives there are so many questions that arise that excite us or that threaten to steal our peace. What will it be like now that our kids are gone and we are alone for the first time in twenty five years; or what will this new job entail; or can we do it well; or will we be happy?... or will we continue to move forward caring for people in new effective ways; will the commitment of time and energy and finances we need to do all we have planned continue; can we do it? 

The questions are frightening only if we try to answer them and do what comes next in our own power. In our hands these questions have uncertain answers, but in God’s hands, our future as His children - as His church - is guaranteed. It all depends on whose hands it’s in. There is an old hymn we don’t sing anymore – a favorite of mine – the chorus says,

“Many things about tomorrow, I don’t seem to understand. But I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.”

Who is holding your tomorrow? In whose hands are you placing your life, your future, your ministry?

For The Only Cause That Matters,

Kevin McKinney
Senior Pastor

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Transitioning To A Toddler Bed...

As parents, my husband and I are navigating life with a newly turned 2 year old. It seems like just when we seem to have a pretty good handle on one stage with her, our daughter moves onto the next. So far, most stages have been pretty similar, a few tweaks here and there. And then a scary new stage hit that we weren’t prepared for. A Big Girl Bed.

We had read several articles about when to transition your child into a toddler bed. Most of which had the same sentiment, if you feel comfortable leaving your child in their room by themselves overnight, then you can transition any time. We had a good long laugh about that, and commented that they clearly don’t know our daughter and what she is capable of…. (we sometimes affectionately refer to her as Hurricane Leah, as she can completely destroy a room in under 2 minutes).

We thought we had time, a long time, before we would move her into a toddler bed. And then it happened. She jumped out of her crib. And as history has proven, she only needs to do something once before she not only remembers it, but masters how to do it.  

Prior to the jumping out of the bed, her sleep schedule had started to deteriorate. She suddenly wasn’t sleeping through the night and made for a cranky girl and parents. And then there we were, with no choice but to quickly change her bed to the next stage, fearing more sleepless nights with who else knows what!

After quickly Leah proofing her room (much more intense than baby proofing), we took the leap. Holding our breath, we watched her on the baby monitor after we left her in her big girl bed. Two seconds in, she got out of her bed. And….. Everything was okay. Actually everything was better than okay. Nothing was destroyed, she played happily for a bit… crawled back in her out and rocked herself on the rocker (Yes, it was beyond adorable) until she got sleepy then crawled back into her bed and slept the entire night.

The little miss checking out her new "big girl bed" after we put the toddler rail on her crib.

We thought we knew better, we thought she wasn’t ready, we were scared of the unknown, all of which kept us from all living happier.

It is amazing how this strangely mirrors my faith walk. How many times have I thought I knew what would be best, or thought I wasn’t ready to do something God asked me to do, or just scared of what was happening in my life.

And after being on the other side of all those situations, I see now clearly how God was orchestrating His big plan...and yes the outcome was more amazing than anything my brain could come up with.

So what are you scared of, or not ready for, or what is that plan you think is best for you? Maybe its time to let go and “transition to a toddler bed”. Will it be easy? Probably not, but the outcome could be more amazing than you could ever imagine!

Lorie Richards
Multi-Media Coordinator
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