People can often have many expectations in life. We have expectations of other people, our government, our neighbors and even our own family members. The list could go on and on but the point is that in every area of life there are expectations we have. This is true for our life in this natural world but it should be the same way for the children of God spiritually as well.
Hebrews 11:1 from the New King James version says that “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The word “hoped” here means expectation. So using our definition we could read the scripture this way, “now faith is the substance of that which we expect God to do in our lives…”. And really I have to take it a step further by saying that which “I” expect God to do in my life. Many Christians know that God “can” do this or do that and very often we have no problem believing that God will work in the lives of others but it really comes down to the point of, what do I expect God to do for me in my life. This is where the rubber meets the road and where real life is. This is the question that I as a child of God must ask myself and find the answer according to what God has said in His Word.
Abraham in the Old Testament is a great example of what we are saying. In Genesis 12:1 God begins to tell Abram what He wanted to do in his life and the Bible tells us that Abram believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness. Abram even before God changed his name had to come to the decision that God would do what He said and the Bible tells us that Abraham came to the place of being fully persuaded (Romans 4:21) that what God had promised He was able to perform. Praise God!
Abraham believed God and came to the place of expecting God to bring it to pass in his life. We must do the same. What we read in the Bible is more than just stories, it is God writing to His family to tell them of what He has done for them in and through Christ Jesus and what we are to believe Him for and come to the place of expectation that our Heavenly Father is able to perform this in our lives! Let me encourage you today, take God at His Word and hold fast to it expecting Him to bless your life and cause His Word to be manifested in every area of your being!
I would like to take a moment to remind all parents of the importance of using good child and teen safety measures and making children and teens aware of stranger danger and predators. As many of us have seen many times from news shows, predators are constantly on the prowl. They use everything from toys to the internet to lure innocent and trusting children and teens. To think that any person would harm or attempt to harm a child absolutely outrages me. As human beings and parents we have enough to worry about without having to worry about some sick individual harming our children. Mt. Juliet is a wonderful place to live, shop and raise a family, but unfortunately, predators know no boundaries when it comes committing their evil acts.
With that in mind, did you know that everyday, 2,300 children are reported missing in the United States? While the hard work of dedicated people and technology resources can bring back as many as 90 percent of these children, the question is, what happens to the other 10 percent?
A missing child is a parent’s worst nightmare. Statistics show that in 1990 there were over 650,000 missing persons reported to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. In 1994, there were 954,896 reports, an increase of over 43 percent. The FBI estimates that out of all the entries, 85 to 90 percent were children. Applying to the 85 percent estimate there were at least 812,000 missing child reports filed or 2,225 children reported missing in the United States every day in 1994. That is why it is so very important to take all preventive measures available to assure that this parent’s worst nightmare never happens.
Helpful tips for protecting your child are as follows: Don’t let your child wear clothing with his or her name on it except for sporting events where parents and guardians are present. Allowing your child to wear his or her teams jersey with their name on it while out playing, could give a predator an opportunity at gaining your child’s trust. A child will tend to pay attention or acknowledge someone calling out their first name and assume that the person knows them. Using last names on jerseys is a much safer practice than first names. Videotape and take pictures of your child two or three times per year, including profile shots, do not leave children unattended while shopping, visiting with friends or unattended in automobiles. You also want to watch your teen’s use of the internet and other teen computer sites. Predators are known for luring children and teens with any and all measures, including cell phone and texting.
My heart cries out for the many parents suffering the unknown whereabouts of their child. We all know children are God’s greatest gift, a treasure sent from Heaven above, and we must do all we can to protect them.
Kenny Howell Managing Editor County Commissioner Fred Weston is proposing that Wilson County give Mt. Juliet the same deal it gave Watertown when they were building their fire station.
Kenny Howell Managing Editor In the last few years, especially with the widening of North Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet has become a more bike friendly city.
Kenny Howell Managing Editor For seven years, Encore Theatre Company has been entertaining Mt. Juliet and the surrounding areas.