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April 18, 2023

3 Points To Ponder

To grow and be people of impact, you must become comfortable with being uncomfortable. When is the last time you stretched yourself to truly be uncomfortable? What was the outcome?

Being in complete control of every situation, relying on your own strengths, and not needing anyone else limits the potential of shared power. Where do you need to let go to let God or others do some work?

Our brains are wired for simplicity, wanting to follow the same pathways. If you want different results, you need different pathways. Where is somewhere in your life that you need a new pathway to bring about a different result?

2 Quotes To Share

“The trust is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” -M. Scott Peck

“Find comfort in being uncomfortable. Growth and comfort never coexist. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” -Craig Groeschel

1 Story of Impact

This past Sunday morning, I had the opportunity to teach at a congregation in Indianola, about 45 minutes from where I live. I love the opportunity to teach at places other than my home church, as it forces me to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. When I walk in, I don’t know the social norms, the names of the congregation, the music style, or what has been taught in the previous weeks. It forces me to rely on the Holy Spirit as my guide, as many parts of the morning are outside my control. It forces me not to overthink or over-orchestrate the morning and in most cases, this is a good thing. As I wrapped up my teaching time, I shared our Stretch Out Your Hand initiative with the congregation and showed a video explaining the need. After the service, an older woman made a beeline for me, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. She informed me that she and her husband had recently closed an account and had money they were wanting to tithe but hadn’t felt called as to where to give it. After watching the video and hearing the need, she knew this was where to give it and wrote a check on the spot. We invited her husband over and the three of us prayed together for God to multiply this resource, much like the five loaves of bread and two fish Jesus used to feed 5,000, to bless more people than we could imagine. It was a holy moment, where this couple, in faith, saw the need and sacrificially gave in obedience. I stepped out in faith and said yes to teaching in a foreign congregation. And the Holy Spirit orchestrated the entire encounter. Sometimes, we need to step outside our comfort zone for an incredible, unpredicted breakthrough. 


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Tim Brand
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