Are You Afraid You've Fallen Behind?

As meetings, practices, schools, and travel get cancelled one by one due to the pandemic known as the coronavirus, we find ourselves taking stock of what's truly important. Panic and fear and the "what ifs?" have a way of re-ordering our priorities pretty quickly.


Jesus has always been the master life-prioritizer. His main method is to call us out of our limiting mindsets and remind us what we were made for. Whenever he meets someone—the Samaritan woman at the well, the disabled man at the pool, you, me—he searches right into our souls with "do you want to get well?" (John 5:6).


Most of us have a long list of reasons why this is not the time, or we've got more important things to do right now, the spiritual stuff can wait. The disabled man at the pool claimed there was always someone ahead of him.


It feels like that sometimes. Like everyone else is accomplishing this, that, and the other while we put our dreams on hold. We hope someone will just come and show us the next step.


"'Get up', Jesus told him, 'pick up your mat and walk'" (John 5:8).


It sounds too good to be true. But with Jesus everything is so good it has to be true! He's not asking you to do it alone. He's the power behind the getting up and going.


If there's something you've been waiting for someone else to do for you, Ask Him to do it. And keep asking. Trust that His dreams for you are bigger even than yours. Believe and then receive.


"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer" (Matthew 21:22).

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