One of my favorite things to do is swim. Not just float around in the pool (although that is heavenly at times), but I like to swim laps. I spent four years in high school on the swim team, and naturally I developed a love for it over the years. It seems that the more time I spent in the pool, the more I enjoyed it. In a similar way, the more laps I swam, the more conditioned my body became. It was painful at times, but I learned the proper form from the training that I went through.
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. - 1 Peter 2:21 (NLT)
The life of Jesus gives us the form that our lives are to live with. It seems like it's something we should all know already, but I believe we learn how to live like Christ every single day. At Unearthed this week, Pastor Ashley taught us the importance of unearthing character in our lives. Now ladies, we know it can be difficult to keep it all together all the time. We've all had our moments in the grocery store, the family get together, driving in traffic and so on. But even through those testing moments, we have a choice to be developed in character or to be deterred from our true character.
Whether you're in the middle of a storm, or everything is easy breezy in your life, we all can keep striving and pressing towards a Christ-like character. The Apostle Paul wrote that he didn't have it all together, but one thing he knew was that he should keep pressing toward the upward call that's in Christ. (See Philippians 3:14) Something happens when we fix our eyes on Jesus and what He's done for us. We learn how to love, and really find the form of love when we look at Jesus as our example. No longer do we try to become who we want to be, but His grace and love transforms us in to who we need to be. Today, let's be women who embody the grace and of God, and even through difficult moments, love those who are around us!
What an amazing week it was at Fashion! We've seen so much growth, as God continues to unearth hidden treasures in our lives! We hope that you will keep being a part of journeying with the girls! In person: we meet every Thursday 930-1130am at Destiny Church's East Campus. In a group: many small groups are available to join during the week. Out of the area: you can also watch the replay of the weekly messages on our YouTube channel. We love you, we believe in you, and we can't wait to see you next time at Fashion, where we love to live and live to love.