January 19, 2018
Inspirational Message by Dom Verdell, Pastor of Adult Discipleship and Community Care
For the fourth or fifth week in a row, my snow blower has been called into action, and my kids are hoping for days off from school due to crummy weather. Whether it’s snow, icy roads or just plain cold, these are the times when every Clevelander reevaluates why they live in Northeast Ohio.
Further, as temperatures dip into single digits, the worst part of the winter season isn’t simply the cold but the harsh reality that green grass and sunshine are a long way off. This is just the way it is. The forecast is not changing anytime soon, and salt-covered cars and boots piled by the front door are here to stay – for a season at least.
Just as we can feel stuck with eight or ten more weeks of bad weather on the horizon, there are times in our lives when we face struggles that seem unending. Each of us has “hurts, hang-ups, and habits” that we aren’t sure how to navigate – and it’s easy to fear they’re here to stay.
This winter, our life groups are digging into a study called “Life’s Healing Choices.” This series outlines eight opportunities to think differently about the struggles we face. Together, these choices can help us apply healthy principles to create a pathway out of the stuff we often feel stuck in.
When all we see are the “hurts, hang-ups, and habits,” it can be hard to know what God is doing in our lives. But as Paul says in Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” This season, we have the chance to discover the strength we need to identify God’s work in our lives.
While I’m not certain we can change the January weather forecast, I do know that with God’s help, we don’t have to feel stuck in the difficult experiences we might be up against.