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Lent Devotionals: Friday, March 31

“Been There–Done That”

Have you ever been faced with something you had to do that was so difficult you weren’t sure you could go through with it? Then, when you tell your friends, one of them stands up and says, “Been there, done that.”? How did that make you feel?
Not long after receiving a promotion to oversee the construction managers of a larger regional homebuilding company, I was faced with an employee that wouldn’t show up for work and, when he did, wasn’t as attentive to his responsibilities as he should have been. It was the first time I had to fire someone. In the days leading up to the firing, I was so stressed that I couldn’t sleep. It was an awful experience.
I was playing golf with some friends one afternoon and I told them what I had to do when one of them chimed in, “Been there, done that.” When I heard those words, that he has been in the position of letting someone go too, I immediately began peppering him with questions: How did you do it? When did you approach them? What did you say? I wanted to know what he thought went well and what he would have changed as he spoke to his employee.
The fact that he had already experienced what I was preparing for, gave me a sense of comfort and confidence.  I thought, if I could use his experience to help me through my situation that I would do just fine.
The author of Hebrews reminds us of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted by Satan and came through with shining colors.  He writes; “because we don’t have a high priest who can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but instead one who was tempted in every way that we are, except without sin (Hebrews 4:15).”
Because Jesus went through trials and temptations in his life, we can have confidence in learning from his example, in leaning on him for guidance and direction.  Because Jesus can say, “Been there, done that,” we have hope that, with God’s help, we can make it through the trials and temptations in our lives too.

May God’s grace and peace give you strength,
 
“No temptation has seized you that isn’t common for people.  But God is faithful.  He won’t allow you to be tempted beyond your abilities.  Instead, with the temptation, God will also supply a way out so that you will be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13, CEB)

 
Rev. Scott Goodfellow

Senior Pastor


Lent Devotionals: Thursday, March 30

I Need You

In the summer of 2007, I had just finished my first semester of graduate school at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene while serving as Minister of Music at FBC Winters. It was August 8 when our lives changed forever. We welcomed into the world a beautiful, little baby girl named Cadence. It was one of the most staggering moments of my life.

For the most part the labor and delivery went about as smooth as it possibly could and at that moment when Cadence entered the world the nurses all sprung into action. Cadence, however, was a bit cranky. She cried, and cried, and cried, mostly because I think she was cold and hungry. So, the nurse took her over to the warming tray to get her cleaned up and get her warm. I will never forget the following moments. After I made sure that Katie was okay and that everything was under control, I walked over to the table where Cadence was still incredibly unhappy and screaming. I reached up and put my finger in the middle of her tiny palm as I gently and calmly said her name, “Cadence.” As her reflexes kicked in, her tiny hand closed around my finger gripping it tightly. She stopped crying, our eyes met, and it was mesmerizing. I was immediately lost in her big brown eyes as if I had been swallowed by a black hole. It was like in the movies when a character seems hypnotized and everything else drowns out and fades away. All I could see were those eyes, they were all that mattered. I could not have broken their spell if I wanted to.

In that brief moment of silence that felt like eternity as our eyes locked, I saw pure unconditional love. But that’s not all. In the ocean of her eyes I felt every fiber of my being hear her say very clearly, “I need you.” “I’m depending on you to care for me, to provide for me, to protect me, and to take care of me in every way because I can’t do it. I need you.” That’s dependence!

God’s desire for each of us is that we depend on God rather than ourselves. You see the difference is, that the failings and misguided shortcomings of me as Cadence and Caroline’s father don’t exist with God. God can handle it. God will not fail us. God will not let us down. So, what about you? Do you depend on God or you depend on yourself? Do you trust God’s promises that God will never leave us or forsake us or do you need to attempt to cling to control? Dependence is about surrender. This coming Sunday we will close our 11 o’clock worship with the song, “Lord I Need You.” I love this tune! The lyrics of the song are a great prayer for us through this season of Lent as we bow before a holy God and proclaim above all, “Lord I need you.”

Rev. Corey Moses
Associate Pastor