Choosing Joy
May 18, 2020
Sharing the Good News
June 22, 2020
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:3-6


That scripture means more at this moment than it’s meant to me in the past year or so. Here we are in the middle of a global pandemic, fighting for medical lives on the frontline, trying to protect ourselves through isolation, distancing and a million hand-washes a day. And then, #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor and #GeorgeFloyd. And, now we are fighting for the lives on the frontlines of racism. And, it hurts, and it’s messy and scary and awkward and dangerous and draining.



And then, the Apostle Peter reminds us here of the living hope that we have access to through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He reminds us that while we are grieved by various trials, we will still rejoice as we discover the daily revelation of what Jesus did on the cross for us. While we experience the awakening and realization that we are sinners that have been set free. And while this is good news, how can we possibly celebrate good news in our darkest valleys? How can we celebrate what Jesus did thousands of years ago when the pain grips us at night in what feels like the most crippling ways? The enemy knows where to hit, doesn’t he?



Well, here’s the truth friends; without the hope of good, we’ll rob ourselves of something to fight for. If we don’t fight for the light, then darkness will indeed overtake our very beings. We have to be willing to lay down our glass-half-empty understandings of the world and press deeply into the good. After all, God created us good. Light is in us. It is merely our choice to allow our light to be put on a hill for all to see or be swallowed by the darkness that is our brokenness.



What I am not saying is that your emotions aren’t valid. Peter put it in scripture for us; we were born again to a living hope. We had to come from a place of needing to be born again for this to be true. God recognizes that we need him. As Brene Brown says, “You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” God understands that trials will come, we will naturally feel defeated, but He calls us to a greater understanding of His availability to us through His love.



And the question that I want to challenge you with today is not whether you think God is good, rather will you accept it? Will you run to the arms that are wide and ready for you to run into? Will, you put God in the game that is your life and be willing to find hope and rest in Him? The good news of Jesus is available ladies, will you receive it?

Toni is a host, communicator and consultant from Houston, arc. And, in this digital age of anxiety, she is teaching people all over the country that you can be young and a boss, and you can be broken and worthy. She doesn’t want you to just face your demons, she wants you to quash the illusion of your brokenness so you can live the most colorful life possible.Connect with Toni to learn more.

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