Choose to Float
By Chris Tiegreen
The phone rang, and, of course, I picked it up. I always pick it up. It doesn't matter if I'm on deadline or if the family needs my attention or if the office is on fire. When the phone rings, the schedule of the person calling trumps my schedule almost every time.
Why is that? Why do we interrupt something very important simply because someone else thought it was a convenient time to call? Maybe it's because we don't want to miss anything more important than what we're doing or perhaps it's because we're starved for attention. But I think there's more to it than that. The truth is that we are slaves to the immediate.
Jesus wasn't. The people around him were in a panic one day—"this has to be taken care of immediately," "emergencies don't get any bigger than this," "put this at the top of your priority list," "if you don't deal with the problem, it will only get bigger," "don't you care that we're drowning?"—and Jesus was asleep in the boat. He wasn't anxious to answer the phone simply because someone had called...
This month, please join us in prayer for:
- our Ukraine office. The conflict is getting more intense and closer to home for our WTB team. Please pray for their safety and protection.
- the Egyptian martyrs in Libya. These men were from a very poor village and they went there to work to help take care of their families. Please pray for protection for innocent lives in Libya and Syria as well as the rest of the world. Pray that ISIS will be defeated very soon.
- our annual gathering of Live Events Instructors, InstructorFest, on March 25-27. Please pray:
- for safe travels for instructors coming from throughout the U.S., Canada, and Bermuda plus global leaders from Ghana, and the Philippines.
- that the various new and updated components of God's Grand Story are completed in time.
- for an encouraging and motivating experience for our 60+ instructors attending.
Please don't forget that we offer free resources on our website that will help ignite your passion for God's Word.
Every good story weaves together setting, characters, and plot.
The great stories surprise us when seemingly insignificant details about the setting turn out to be essential to the story. Or minor, supporting characters suddenly take center stage and play a much larger role than we expected. Or we discover that intricate subplots running underneath the main plot are fascinating stories on their own.
Since God is the master story weaver, it shouldn't surprise us when he...