Wednesday, April 29, 2009

From our hearts

Dear Friends,

I have had something on my heart for a couple of weeks that I wanted to convey and haven’t found time until this moment to put it down in written form. This morning however, it flowed over from my heart to this page. It is a message that I hope will be of great encouragement to each of you and a stimulus to greater faith in a time when we need more faith. It is a message full of gratitude about faith and investment.

I have thought much recently about the economic crisis and have been concerned about its impact on so many people. It would be hard not to think about it when it dominates the headlines daily. In my thinking God has lead me continually back to Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:19-34; words specifically addressing our perspective about money, treasure, investment, worry and faith. Jesus reminds us that our true treasure and investment are not in bills, bonds, cars or houses but are in the things that transcend this time and place. He specifically reminds us not to worry but to maintain our faith and our focus in Him. He is the ultimate Provider and He will care for us in the same way that He cares for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. He who has not forgotten these smaller parts of His creation will certainly not forget His loved ones.

Maybe you’re thinking, “Okay, great, but what does this have to do with me?” There are a number of ways that these thoughts relate specifically to you.

  • 1. We are overwhelmed with gratitude at your on-going investment in things that transcend this life through your support of our ministry in Brazil.

  • 2. Your investment in this “treasure” can’t crash and this is stock that is guaranteed to pay dividends beyond our greatest imagination.

  • 3. Don’t worry yourself! This is easier said than done when people are losing jobs, there are bills to pay and mouths to feed but this passage reminds us Who is ultimately in control and it is not Wall Street or the Fed.

  • 4. Don’t worry about us! We covet your concern, your prayers and where you are able your support but don’t fret over us. We are in the hands of the One who cares for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. He always has and will continue to care for us.

Whether it’s the economic crisis today or the swine flu tomorrow, we are continuously bombarded with ulcer-inducing reasons to worry. The 24-hour news cycle urges us to wring our hands and panic and when we stop worrying about one thing, there’s always something right behind it. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that we should be informed and wise about all of the issues that we are facing. However, I also believe that we should step back and look beyond the moment to see a loving Father who desires to free us from the grip of worry and stress about so many things that we ultimately can’t control and yes, even the things that we falsely believe that we can control.

At the end of the chapter, after all of the promises about how God is our Provider and Caretaker, Jesus has some final words of encouragement that put things in perspective for all of us. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things (our daily needs) will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

My desire for you and for myself in these difficult times is that we would seek Him more and see our faith continue to grow as our worry shrinks away.

With love,



At 10:07 PM, Blogger Elliston said...

Very well stated and so true. It is amazing how quickly and easily we for those truths. Keep up the good work.


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