Soar Like Eagles


I am in the middle of a project at work—planning the 2018 DCS Conference. This conference hosted by the WA Division of Child Support will be attended by about 30% of the WA DCS staff plus some Tribal Child Support staff from across the state. The theme this year is “Think Globally—Tranform Locally”; and unlike other conferences the division has done in the past our challenge this year is to avoid all things technical, practical, and skill focused. Instead, leadership is looking for a conference that will “Inspire, motivate and encourage staff in the important ‘life-transforming’ work they do.”
Now, comparatively, child support will never have the transformative power anywhere in the same universe as the way Jesus and His church transforms lives. But, providing increased financial stability for a single parent home can still transform lives with a very small “t”. Anyway, this planning group that I am on has really challenged me to think about what is inspiring. This led me to a passage of Scripture that has always inspired me.
Issaiah 40:28–31 says, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
When I read this passage, I hear several things that inspire me to continue trying to be the best follow of Jesus I can be. First, “God is never tired, weary, or worn out!” I know how I get when I am worn out, I know how hard it is to be kind, or loving when I am weary—God never struggles with that. That is comforting! Second, “God will give power and might to me!” (Don’t worry I am sure it applies to you too!) When I am worn out, when I think I cannot continue, when I am spent, God will change that. All I have to do is wait on Him, in Hebrew this word “wait” is also translated “hope” and even “look” or “looked for”. That means if I look to God, put my hope in Him, wait expectedly for Him, He will give me the strength I need. And not just strength to keep walking, to keep running this race, but He will give me strength to fly, to soar on eagle’s wings!
Now that is inspiring!

Trusting in God


Who do you trust? How much do you trust? These are questons that help to reveal the strength and closeness of our relationship with another. Where there is much trust, there is the relationship is strong and the intimacy of the heart is great—but where trust is limited, broken, or does not exist—the relationship is weak and distant.
To trust is to put your confidence in, to rely on, or to depend on. The greater your trust the less suspicious, doubful and fearful you are. This is why we can more carefully consider the critique and rebuke of a friend we trust. The same words, however, from someone without our trust brings about less consideration and more anger, defensiveness, and retort. Proverbs 27:6 says, “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”
Even more important is not our trust in others—but our trust in God. Over and over in Scripture God is portrayed as the One we should trust above all others. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart…” and in Proverbs 29:25 we are told, “…whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.” Our trust in God is rewarded. Romans 4 reminds us that Abraham trusted God when he was told that he would “become the father many nations.” Romans 4:21 says that Abraham was “fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.” In the New Testament Paul demonstrates his trust in God over and over. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul continues to trust in God after God does not remove his “thorn” because God tells him “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul reassures Timothy that there is no need to be ashamed when you suffer (some people still believed the way Job’s friends did—bad things only happen to those who are bad). In 2 Timothy 1:12, Paul says that depite his suffering, he knows that God “is able to guard what he entrusted to Him.”
God, Himself, declares to you, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Do not fear, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 41:10)

Christianity is not the acceptance of or adherence to certain beliefs, doctrines or ideas. Rather, it is simply devotion to God, in whom complete trust is placed.

Are you Reconciled?


Reconciliation | NOUN |rec·on·cil·i·a·tion | re-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən|

The restoration of positive relationship; the bringing of peace and/or harmony; the act of becoming friendly again.


Could there be anything more challenging in today’s world? Consider the state of global relations: there is war, violence and terror based on differences in government, religion, freedoms, land disputes, ethnicity, and grudges going back, in some cases, hundreds or even thousands of years. Here in our own country we have riots, violence and demonstrations over differences in race, polictical party, religion, socio-economic class, citizenship status, and so much more. Even in families there is bitter conflict that ends, not with reconciliation, but in the fracturing of marriages and parents with their children. Even in the church resentments, hurt feelings, minor doctrinal differences, and even decorating choices cause division and a lack of unity.

In our world, I believe, there is nothing more necessary than “reconciliation”. Fortunately, God took the first step towards reconciliation. It was God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, not counting our sins against us. And more than that, because of what He has done, his mission for us is to do the same. Look how Paul explained the purpose of the church to Christians in Corinth: “God gave us the ministry of reconciliation and He has committed to us His message of reconciliation. The power of these two verses is that first, God demonstrated reconciliation for us and towards us. We see in Him that reconciliation places value on relationship and requires both love and sacrifice. Second, we see that our ministry, our mission, our purpose on this earth is to be an inundating fountain of reconciliation. We best fulfill our mission of bringing people to reconciliation to God by being a people who reconciles with others here.

We will never be truly successful in reconciling the world to God through Christ if we cannot figure out how to reconcile ourselves with our families, with our brethren, with all those who call themselves “Christian”, and with everyone who is racially, politically, sexually, legally, or economically different from ourselves. After all our reconciliation to God occurred while we were still His enemies.


Romans 5:10 | …while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son…

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 | All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling[a] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.