Greetings! As we come toward the end of a challenging year and set our sights on better things to come in 2021, this Scripture continues to come to mind for me. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 ESV It’s certainly been a year filled with tribulation, but the …Read More
Dear friends, The events of 2020 have us hungering for things we’ve previously taken for granted. Like interstate travel—remember when that was a thing? The COVID pandemic has shown how the things we take for granted can change in an instant, and stirring a deep yearning for truth, hope and connectedness in many. I suspect …Read More
Dear friends, Have you ever had a Scripture jump off the page like this? 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the …Read More
Phil, Robbo and Becci reflect on some of the powerful stories that Vision family members shared during Visionathon.
Dear friends, I hope you and your family are well in this time of uncertainty and great change. All of us have been impacted, and some have found their world turned upside down, like Carol: ‘Even in recent times with COVID-19, having been stood down and isolated, Vision has been my family.’ What a privilege …Read More
‘The Lord gives wisdom.’ Proverbs 2:6 NKJV
What are the people in your life telling you? Are they increasing your self-doubt or strengthening your faith? Just because people tell you something doesn’t make it so. In 1492 many of the people Columbus tried to interest in his venture thought the earth was flat. And even those who believed it was round thought his idea of a short-cut to the Indies was far-fetched. The ‘experts’ examined his travel plans and said they were impossible. But Columbus didn’t fall off the edge of the earth as the doomsayers predicted—instead, he discovered America!
Along the same lines, Alexander Graham Bell tried to interest the communications company Western Union in his invention, the telephone. But they regarded it as having too many limitations and being little more than a toy. Even after John Logie Baird had demonstrated the capabilities of the first television set, a leading radio pioneer said it was ‘a development of which we need waste little time dreaming.’
There will always be naysayers, so don’t let someone else’s limited thinking squash you and restrict your thinking. Negativity is contagious; you have to be careful if you don’t want to catch it! Even if you’re the only positive person in your family, maintain an optimistic outlook in every situation. What we call ‘common knowledge’ often is commonly wrong!
‘The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.’ (Proverbs 2:6 NKJV) Have the people who are telling you ‘it can’t be done’ factored God into the equation? If not, pay no attention. Instead of listening to people who increase your doubts, listen to the people to whom God has given wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
SoulFood: 2 Sam 22:31–24:25, John 5:16–30, Ps 5, Pro 24:8–9
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020