Monday, January 10, 2011

The Evidence of Things Not Seen

The first verse of the eleventh chapter of the Letters to the Hebrews essentially says, "To trust God is what gives you the confidence to move toward what God has given you to hope for and the evidence of things God told you he would do but you can not yet see." (Hebrews 11:1; my interpretation.) When God gives you a picture of a future He has designed, faith (trust) is what gives you the confidence and certainty to start acting to make that happen. 

I have been fortunate to experience that kind of trust in God in my own life with Legacy Church and in the lives of a few others who have brought into reality what God gave them the vision to do. I recently participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony of This Side Up! Family Fun Center in Plano, TX. This was one of those "trust God and work like it's real 'til you see it" sort of places. The Mayor, Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, and family and friends of the center were present.

God put on the heart of Richie and Sarah Morris the picture of a place where families could gather and move from "surviving to thriving." The place of hope was a dream for years, but through faith and action that dream became a tangible reality a few weeks ago. I have been honored to walk alongside and watch (an army of volunteers did all the work) how they have trusted God as they worked toward this reality.

I love the fact that this place and its programs to support families is in the marketplace. We have great support for families in our church buildings, but how many times have we put that support out where those who may not trust the church but desperately need help can get it?


As a Pastor, I am privileged to participate in many events that give evidence that God's ways and word change lives and make a difference. What Richie and Sarah have done in faith is one of those special events. Check them out. Take your family to the fun center. Trust God to do what He says He will do...then act like what He said would become a reality.

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