Gospel Village Appreciation Event | Thursday, March 17th | 6:30pm | FBC Downtown 4West
We are celebrating five (5) years of mentoring through Gospel Village! Join us as we remember the Lord’s faithfulness and celebrate your involvement in His movement! If you are a mentor, Village Friend, supporter, fan, or someone interested in giving your life away through relationship, we want to see you on March 17th. First Baptist Church Downtown, 4West from 6:30-8:30. Dinner and childcare provided. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dress is party casual, dinner is fajitas. See you there!
*NOTE the location change. Previous material lists Bethel as the location. First Baptist Downtown is the official party locale!
Beating the March Madness
We want to love March.
There’s fun-runs and azalea blooms and 75 degree weather days. March rolls in and our sulky, wintry souls un-hunch their backs for a moment and look up at the sun to feel its warmth on their cheeks. But for some, maybe most, March is also sticky with humidity, its unveiling means a dustcloud of pollen is at their back, and their calendar has dates and asterisks that all but scream “YOU HAVE NO FREE TIME”. So with its bright and new, March brings the busy.
That’s life. Seasons exist for a reason. But why a “busy season” … ? Busy feels like shortness of breath, like trying to build a chicken coop in the middle of a twister, just grabbing for 2x4s as they fly by and nailing them down all helter skelter. It’s a million things at one time, it feels like trying to put the toothpaste back into the tube. Busy is one brick too many on top of paper-thin wafery fabric. In busy, the urgent always beats out the important, and we are left feeling a consistent lack, like we can’t quite get it all done. Busy is exhausting.
In this exhaustion, how do we keep the main thing the main thing, and still fill in all the blanks left open? How do we honor commitment, but remain honest about our capacities?
Three Ways to Beat the March Madness:
1. Read Scripture (God has given you everything you need for life and godliness, and we know from His word, that for His glory and our good, we are to remain in Him. John 15)
2. Rest in the grace that comes from trusting in Jesus for your salvation, significance, and satisfaction. He already completed the work to secure your success in commitments and efforts. Accept the fact that you are not perfect and take comfort in the fact that your inadequacy in the moment makes room for his sufficiency.
3. Pray for your Mentee. (Deitrich Bonhoeffer has said that “A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses.” Ask the Lord to move in your mentee’s heart that they might grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ).
Practical Tip: Write your mentee a note or drop a small something at the school office! OR, send your MC a text with what you want your mentee to hear and we will write it down and take it to them!