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'Well done, my child'

POSTED: September 9, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Work hard so God can say to you, “Well done.” Be a good workman, one who does not need to be ashamed when God examines your work. 2 Timothy 2:15
Throughout history we can see many people who overcame the most difficult of physical handicaps to become great people. Take, for example, Helen Keller — deaf, blind, and unable to speak because of an illness when she was an infant. With the help of an inspired teacher and God, she overcame those challenges and became an inspiration of millions of people.
 Helen struggled most of her life to become accepted. She graduated with honors from Radcliffe College, she wrote numerous articles, gave lectures for the American Foundation for the blind, and raised millions of dollars for the foundation’s work.
Sometimes during our lifetime we think that we have too many strikes against us, our lives are just too hard, and we dwell forever in the “if onlys” — If only I had done this or if only I had done that. I look at the life of Helen Keller and see how she rose above her limitations to make a lasting contribution to our society and I am humbled.
We are called to overcome our faults and limitations to make contributions and we are asked to exercise our strengths. We are challenged to do more than “just survive” in this world. God desires that we set our minds, hearts and energy to the work that He has planned for us.  God has given us talents to make our dreams a reality.
Work without a vision is drudgery; a vision without work is only a dream, but work with a vision is victory. 
Each year about this time, I begin to dream, which I know many in my congregation cringe and think about all of the work that stems from my dreams. I have so many wants for the children, youth, young adults and for you in our communities. I have dreams of churches being filled with people of all ages lifting up praise to our God, glorifying God through our ministries, outreach programs and just through living by example. It is time that we as churches pool our talents to live out those dreams, to work towards becoming what God has envisioned His church to be, so that when our time is over, we may be greeted by God, who says “Well done, my child.”

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