July 01, 2018

“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

Many of you have heard the famous poem Foot Prints in the Sand. It tells of a fictional story of man walking the beach with God and looks back to see only one set of footprints at times in his life when things were difficult. As he asked God why he wasn’t with him in those times, God responds, “with those were the times I carried you.” I recently heard a pastor point out that it’s not called “butt prints in the sand” but, footprints. It speaks of someone who was actively doing something. He was still moving forward, even when he was being carried. The man was engaged in life and was living. You and I were made to thrive, not just survive. So many of life’s stressors can weigh us down and make us want to sit on the sand and stop moving forward. Make a plan to Be: Engaged in life. Learn something new today, forgive someone, or maybe even yourself, laugh, smile at a stranger, volunteer, go for a walk on the beach. Plan to Be: Engaged.
by Chad Garmon, Executive Director of Christian Initiatives & Community Partnerships