Learn 2 Corinthians 5:7
My title is Taylor Bennington. I’m a regulation pupil at The College of Akron College of Regulation the place I’ve the blessing of having the ability to serve on our College’s Board of Trustees. I grew up in Wooster the place I graduated from Wooster Excessive College in 2015 and went on to pursue my bachelor’s diploma in political science at Akron. So, I suppose you may say I’m a double-Zip!
The Lord introduced me to Grace Church eight years in the past. I used to be in a darkish, hopeless, interval of my life once I entered the doorways of Grace, and I keep in mind the Sunday so clearly when Pastor Steve Kern was preaching within the conventional venue. For the primary time in my life, the gospel of Jesus had made sense to me. I haven’t regarded again since. Through the years I’ve had the unimaginable alternative by the grace of God to interact in ministry at Grace working, interning, and serving in varied capacities. At present, I serve in Grace College students the place I co-lead the 12th-grade males’s Grace Group and am additionally part of our Sunday morning stage crew as a venue host. Suffice to say, Sunday is my favourite day of the week!
Throughout highschool, I had the prospect to participate in a number of mission experiences. My first mission journey, nevertheless, will eternally stand out in my thoughts. Frankly, I didn’t wish to go. I used to be nonetheless very new in my religion, new to the church, and had solely been attending the coed providers for a number of weeks earlier than the deadline to join summer season journeys. Heck, I didn’t even actually perceive what a mission journey was or what I’d be doing. But, God saved making it abundantly clear that this was the following step I wanted to take. So, I signed up. The Lord used that mission journey to Chicago in ways in which nonetheless have an effect on my life as we speak. It’s the place I actually realized to give up. To have religion that the Lord’s plan is best than my very own. To imagine that the very best is actually but to return. And, the place the Spirit took my consideration in the direction of what would turn into my favourite verse within the Bible.
“For we stay by religion, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7
I pray that this verse is as a lot of an encouragement for you as we speak because it has been for me for the larger a part of a decade. Regardless of what the image would possibly appear to be in entrance of you, or if the deck appears to be stacked in opposition to you; have religion. Imagine in what we can’t see. The goodness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His plans and His perspective are far larger than our personal.