Take Heart
Take Heart

Take Heart

Take Heart

I was listening to an interview with a former Green Beret and he said one of the things they did to get ready for real combat was to try and simulate the chaos of the moment. So when they practiced shooting, they didn’t just calmly go out to a nice quiet gun range and take each shot with measured precision. Instead they would run five miles hard with full gear, then plop down and shoot. Or maybe they’d be thrown into a dark room with flash-bang grenades going off for five minutes, then run out and shoot. They’d try to get their heart rate and adrenaline up because that’s what happens in combat. And if you’re not ready for that, you won’t be ready for the moment. If instead the Army had allowed the Green Berets to think combat is going to be nice and calm and problem free, like the gun range, then they would be setting them up for failure.

Our memory verse for the month of November is John 16:33, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” I love how Jesus tells his disciples, “In this world you will have trouble.” He doesn’t promise them an easy life. Like the Army with the Green Berets, he’s trying to give them an accurate picture of what is ahead. This is powerful for us to remember as well: Christ doesn’t promise us a problem free life (no one has a problem free life). But he does tell us to find strength and peace in His triumph over this world and the ruler of this world.

I think it’s better to have someone shoot straight with you, to prepare you for reality, than to try and make something out to be what it’s not. A friend of mine used to say, “You win someone to what you win them with;” meaning, if you are only selling the ‘benefits’ of being a Christian, but you’re not really telling the full picture of what it means to follow Jesus, then you have won someone over to a sub-Christian faith.

My prayer is that at Valley View would always represent the truths of Scripture well – even the hard truths. I think that’s the best way to set people up to experience true peace and abundant life in Christ. We all know people with many problems. But even if all their problems went away, they would still not have true life without Christ. May God open doors for us all to share the true joy and peace of knowing Christ with our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers all throughout Southwest Louisville!

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