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We Need to Talk

Bruce Springsteen refers to the time spent in high school as Glory Days.  While every year has its moments, my time at Concord High are filled with memories I still cherish.  However, there was one phrase I hated to hear, “we need to talk.”  Whether this was a girl friend, parent or teacher, the news was almost always negative.

“Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own, ” Joshua 1:11.

Sometimes these conversations resulted in the end of a relationship.  Others received a bombshell in the form of a divorce or a terminal illness.  Meanwhile, those asked to stay after class were confronted with an accusation or some sort of discipline.  None of these discussions seemed pleasant at the time, but talking about delicate issues prepares people for what lies ahead.

Remember the command that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you after he said, ‘The LORD your God will give you rest by giving you this land, Joshua 1:13.

In the Old Testament, God and Joshua had a “we have to talk” moment.  The purpose of this meeting was to inform Israel what was necessary to do before entering into the Promised Land.  Sometimes God is waiting for people to change their bad habits prior to bestowing blessings.  Until this transformation occurs, mediocrity will reign.  While 2017 is still fresh for many of you, draw near to God so that the Holy Spirit will guide you in the way to go next.

by Jay Mankus

 

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