Even in the change God is good. Pastor Meagan Crawford used the demonstration of making cookies to show students different ways we see and experience changes: the things that are hard to go through and are not always fun (baking soda), the neutral day to day activities that don’t affect us either way (flour), and the fun, new and exciting things that we like (sugar). When all these ingredients are tasted and experienced on their own, they are not always that great, especially when it comes to the changes in life we don’t like. However when all of these changes and experiences are put together, the bigger picture and God’s good plan comes through, and in the demonstration it was the making of delicious chocolate chip cookies.
What is perseverance and what does it mean? Ashley Coppin talked about Terry Fox and his perseverance to explain what perseverance means. “The persistence in doing something despite difficulty delay in achieving success.” This year God may be calling us to persevere in new ways, maybe it’s at school working through our PACEs, learning a new instrument, or learning and persevering through a new math concept. These things may be hard but wherever God has put us in our part of the race, we can persevere and not give up which produces character and hope; it builds up who we are.
“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” – Hebrews 12:2-3
Terry Fox ran his part of the race, with bone cancer. In 1977 he had his right leg amputated. In 1980 he began the Marathon for Hope, to raise money for cancer research, his goal was to raise $1 from each 24 million people in Canada. Starting in Newfoundland, on April 1, he persevered each day, running a full marathon every day in his efforts to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
This past week we had Mrs. Lorraine Demers share about Running the Race and God’s promises. She used examples of some of her experiences hiking to teach this to the students. In the same way that we would need to be prepared to go hiking with the proper shoes and equipment, we need to be prepare for the race and promises set before us by God.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11