Reflections: Moving Forward
“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” (Isaiah 40:31).
A couple of weeks ago, God’s Word for Warriors was given the privilege of addressing a group of veterans on a military base. Opening that meeting with a very moving prayer, the base chaplain asked that God might endow our leaders with wisdom, humility, and the ability to discern God’s will for this nation. He mentioned by name, President Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Millie. It was a moment of self-evaluation on my part. When was the last time I obeyed our Lord’s injunction to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2; cf. Romans 13:1-7; 2 Peter 2:13-17)? I must confess that I am more inclined to criticize than pray. May I encourage us all to pray for those who rule over us in the new year
As we reflect on the new year, let us also think back on the old year. We move into this new year building on what we have received, in large part, from you. You, the reader, have been a wonderful source of encouragement and financial support throughout our efforts in this ministry to our veterans. As I have reported to many of you, such partnership with us has created a determine awareness on our part to assure that we are very responsible in our use of the funds you have entrusted to us.
Jim Humphrey, Cari Winsett, and I want you to know that it has been a pleasure working with and for you. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us at GWFW. We are looking forward to a new year filled with more God-given opportunities. Our goals will be grounded in the concept that if we never try new avenues, we will never know what can be accomplished. We will not rest, waiting for the perfect, but will be always working toward success in meeting the moral and recognizing that mistakes will be made.
“If you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You are doing things you have never done before, and more importantly; you are doing something.” (Neil Gaiman)
In the coming year, let us build on the wonderful foundation you helped us to develop, recognizing that to God belongs all the glory.