One of the characteristics I love most about God is His seeming unlimited reservoir of faith, hope, and love - and the sheer mercy and powerful presence of that stuff.

I listened to this sermon today by John Piper - a popular pastor and speaker - and it rocked me to the core. I received fresh vision and hope for my life, even as a pastor myself (sometimes I think I need it the most).

Sometimes the things that form us the most and give us the most hope are the things that are harsh, but oh so life-giving!

My prayer for you as you read this (and hopefully take the time to listen to watch the video) is that you would not waste your life - but surrender it today, then every day hence forth - to make Jesus known and shine His glory in and through your life!

Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Have a new beginning!