Be Strong and Courageous: A Prayer for Graduations and Transitions

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This time of the year is always bittersweet for me. As our church prepares for graduations and transitions, we reflect on the memories we’ve had with students, but also prepare to send them onward.

Over the years, this has only gotten more difficult as we watch the young ones we’ve lived life with prepare for what is next. But during this time of the year, I’m reminded of the importance of these bittersweet moments. They are a reminder that life is made up of transitions and new beginnings.

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Risk Management

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I’ve realized something about myself somewhat recently. I am quite adept at risk management. In fact, I think I’m kind of an expert at it, really. Over the years, I’ve become highly skilled and well-trained in the art of eliminating doubt, confusion, and the unknown from my life.

Risk management is the ability to balance, plan for, and avoid any complications with a well-ordered life. In other words, risk management is avoiding uncertainty. It’s fighting against the forces that might try to tear one away from a neat and tidy, safe life.

Turns out, I’m also quite good at worrying to the point that I cross all the proverbial t’s and dot the necessary i’s so I don’t really have to worry at all. The problem with living this way, though, is it’s easy to replace true faith with my plans. I know I do this all the time.

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Friends in Ministry

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Conferencing again

I’ve been in full-time ministry for about nine years now. Over the years, I’ve realized how easy it is to get lost doing my own thing, rigidly focused on tasks and obligations that I miss out on what’s happening around me. But there is something incredible that happens when we choose to work together in ministry.

Recently, I’ve been reminded about the importance of fellowship, partnerships, and the beauty of the church working together.

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