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When a heart breaks

                     Crazy weekend with a trip to Dollywood, a High School kick-off party, and a Middle School kick-off party.  Kids are pumped to get the party rolling at FFUMC.  We kick-off the fall semester of UMYF this Sunday on the Hill with EVERYONE TOGETHER from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Awesome! 

                      It has been an interesting summer season.  There have been many celebrations and many things that have stretched my faith.  I have watched youth thrive on many occassions and I have loved celebrating with them as they enjoyed life’s victories.  There have also been more down times than I can ever remember.  I have watched hearts break and have seen the real pains of life affect young people like never before.  I have been on my knees in tears more than ever before clinging to my faith and wondering why.  There haven’t been many answers…and so I am thankful for my faith…that I can hold on and trust when I don’t understand.  That is what makes our faith real and big…when we come to a place with Jesus Christ or with people where we can TRUST.  We trust when we understand and we trust when we don’t understand.  It isn’t easy, it isn’t clear…but we need Jesus, and he offers us everything we need.  Stumbled across a song that spoke to my heart on Saturday night…found it online this morning.  Just one of those songs…and I don’t know much about Ben Rector.  It’s called, “When a Heart Breaks,”  and it communicates a simple truth of life.  “This isn’t easy, it isn’t clear…and you don’t need Jesus…until you’re here.”  It seems as though so many people turn to Jesus when life is hard.  They turn to Him when tragedy strikes or when personal struggles come.  We need to maintain a consistent connection to Christ so that when our hearts break our faith in Him cannot be shaken.  I might change the lyric to, “This isn’t easy, it isn’t clear, and you NEED JESUS, when you’re here!”  Nonetheless, music speaks to the heart and it calms us.  It offers us perspective and hope.  1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living.  now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.  For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.” 

                             One of the ways we can please God is by having big faith in Him…especially when it’s hard.  I urge you all to today to think about the life that you are currently living.  Are you living in such a way where your faith is evident…where people notice something different in you as you journey?…where people notice something different in you as your heart breaks and as you surround people whose hearts are breaking?

                 Listen to the song, and allow yourself to think about and to pray for those who might be hurting this morning.  We have been talking at First Farragut about pursuing HIS PEOPLE better.  Don’t just think and pray today, go after them with the Love of Christ, and have an incredible Monday.

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