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Daily Inspiration - February 24, 2021

Ephesians 2:8-10 ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ; ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅโ€” ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด, ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต. ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด, ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜‘๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ.

At the time, my life felt like I was on a ship without a rudder or sail in the midst of an unending storm, going whichever way the waves or the wind would lead me. I had no focus or grounding, no real understanding of who I was or why I was there. I found myself going from one thing to the next looking for happiness; joy; meaning. Time seemed to pass from one unsatisfying event to another. Nothing seemed to feed the hunger that I had. Nothing seemed to help me see myself as worthwhile. I acted as if the very world itself revolved around me, while at the same time, felt that I was of no value; inconsequential.

I now know what drove him. I didnโ€™t then. He saw someone who needed healing; who needed hope. He saw in me someone who needed to be freed from himself in order to truly discover his true identity. At the time I thought it was all silliness, idol talk about an ancient book and an ancient story that meant nothing to me or to our time today. Old people like him, following, always, for no reason at all. I had no idea about the truth. But that didnโ€™t stop him. He still asked, โ€œWould you please come and see?โ€

Somehow the spirit set it up so I had no way to say โ€œnoโ€. I had to go. So, I went, and in going I discovered that it wasnโ€™t about me; that I was not at the center. It wasnโ€™t about what I could get, but what I could give. It wasnโ€™t about making more, but giving more. It wasnโ€™t about my power, but about the power of Love: Godโ€™s love. In this understanding, I was freed. At long last, I was healed. I was made whole, even in my brokenness. โ€œCome and see.โ€ Those words healed me and have made all the difference in the world for me. So I continue to take the walk he took, going beyond myself to say, โ€œCome and see.โ€ In those simple words the Holy Spirit changes the world.

Amen.

Pastor Tim




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