Hannibal Devotions

I’m speaking at a men’s breakfast tomorrow in Hannibal, Missouri at the Mark Twain Dinette.

It’s probably nothing like the picture I have in my mind, but it sure sounds cool. I just received my “assignment.” I’m supposed to do a twenty minute devotional.

So I thought I’d tell you what I’m thinking about and see if you have some suggestions.

Topic: HOPE

Scripture: Isaiah 43:18-19

Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

I grew up believing God was all about “the former things.” Everything seemed wrapped up in past sins and mistakes, in guilt and regret.

I believe this scripture reveals God’s true character—He’s the God of a new thing. And what’s really cool is that He’s doing it right now, whether we choose to perceive it or not. He’s doing impossible stuff like creating streams in the desert.

He’s a God of creativity and vision and big dreams who will pay any price—even His Son’s life—to see those dreams realized.

And we’re made in His image, which means that we share in those characteristics. We’re creatures with an innate desire to create and dream.

When I’m tempted to wallow in my story, I remember that God tells me not to dwell on the chapters already written. Instead, He invites me to join Him in writing new chapters with the gifts He’s given. That’s exciting, and scary, and risky.

That’s what Rich’s Ride is about. It’s a new story, a new thing.

It’s exciting, and risky, and scary.

So…what do you think? Does this make sense in the context of the story of Rich’s Ride?

What should I add?

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