Josh Apple's Youth and Children's Page: January

A Resolution for 2018: Focus on Jesus

Happy New Year!

“I’ve got so much to do; I’m tired just thinking about it.”

 “I’m exhausted already from tomorrow’s to-do-list.”

Have you ever said or thought something like this before? I know I have. There is so much to do. Our plates are full. We have things to do, places to go, and people to see. When we cross one thing off the list, two more take its place. It’s exhausting!

 As we close out 2017 and think about all that we did, I know I wonder how I did so much. It makes me tired just thinking about it. As we look ahead to 2018, it’s exhausting to think about all that needs to be done! As members of Park Place Baptist Church, God has called us to preach the Gospel, connect with the people of our community, to make disciples, and to minister to those in need. How are we going to do it all?

Isaiah 40:30-31 reminds us that if we try to do everything in our own strength, we will grow tired, burn out, and, most likely, give up. But if we rely on the Lord, well, that’s a different story. “Even youth grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

2018 is going to be a busy year for us. We are in the midst of a re-visioning process. There is a lot of work to be done if Park Place is going to grow and thrive. It’s exhausting to think about all that needs to be done! But when we remember that God is in control and that He has a plan for us; when we put our hope in Him, He will give us the strength we need to stay the course. He will give us the energy and ability to accomplish all that He has set before us.

2018 will be an exciting year! Let’s keep our focus on the hope we have in the Lord and let Him strengthen us for the journey ahead!

 In Christ’s Love,