Heartbeat Note 4.8.19
Good Morning Family, Every day is a blessing, even when we help others face the rampant mortality in our human race. There is always hope, and the light of the sun is permeating the globe even if we struggle to see it at this moment in time. My appreciation is always with each of you for choosing to serve our communities, day & night, to help make the journey through the valley of death a little more bearable.
As my sister, Sarah Morrison, mentioned in the previous emails, I had the incredible honor of serving with our Charis Bible College Sherman team in Kampala, Uganda. My body is still in recovery mode due to the time zone differences, yet my spirit and soul are ablaze with holy fire for the immense world we currently call home. There are so many wonderful people to meet and engage with everyday! I will forever be an advocate for us to reach out a little further on a daily basis in our personal spheres of influence. You were created to be a blessing(Genesis 12:1-3). God put a unique breath in you so that this world will know HIM in a special way. Once we realize that life is not about us, then the doors of opportunity swing WIDE OPEN! I promise you that you will never be able to out-give our Heavenly Father with you time, talents, or treasure.
A little wisdom for the week: Proverbs 11:25 MSG, “The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed, those who help others are helped.” In the NKJV, this verse speaks of a “generous soul,” which is indicative of one who forges the mind with proper thoughts on who they really are in this life by a solid anchor or foundation point. None of us as human beings can be generous if we are in a survival mode or poverty mentality. The very real, instinctive reactions of fight or flight will continually rule our mind, will, and emotions if we do not fix our gaze on someone or something higher in value. I personally found that my value cannot be determined by this tangible world, so my thoughts stay forever fixed on Jesus and the great worth He sees in me(Hebrews 12:1-2; Philippians 4:8-9; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18). This brings true freedom and creates a mindset that is externally focused. 99% of the healing I have experienced has come through giving back to others, mainly in the time listening and working together on necessary tasks to live. My hope for all of us this week is to have a clearer understanding on how loved we really are by the Creator of this vast world and universe. He placed key people all around us to validate this great love. Even in our brokenness, He gently leads us to be made whole once again so that He can pour out more love to others. WOW.
Feedback is always welcome and appreciated. We are here to pray, support, and serve you. Hope to catch everyone at convention in Tulsa the next two days! Sincerely Yours, Stephen P. Shain