Wednesday night Bible study was just what I needed before this season premiere of “Scandal” airs tonight. As I was receiving the Word, I made sure to throw up a quick prayer for Olivia and the Gladiators because I know it’s going to be some mess — Shonda gets me every time.
But back to Bible study.
So lately I’ve been attending this church called The Winners Circle, about a 10-minute drive from my house. Coincidentally, the first lady used to be one of my favorite teachers back in middle school. But that’s not the reason why I admire this church so much.
The pastor, Leon McDonald, is the truth. He transparently breaks down the Scripture in such a way that makes his sermons easy to relate to and understand.Last night’s Bible study was a prime example of that.
He talked about how what’s inside of us determines how God uses us and also determines the people and situations we attract into our lives. One quote he referenced hit me so hard, I had to write it down in my ‘Jesus, take the wheel’ journal:
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss in life is what dies on the inside of us while we live.” (Norman Cousins)
I’ll give you a second to tweet that and/or make it your Facebook status.
Nowadays — especially in social media — it seems as though we spend so much time focusing on our outer appearance and worrying about how we are perceived by others, that we forget to focus on the more important aspect of ourselves– what’s actually going on inside of us.
Pastor Leon compared us to a fortune cookie during his message last night, saying we each have a fortune that God has placed inside of us. Like that good ol’ fortune cookie, our outer shell is not the most exciting part about us — it’s what’s on the inside of us that God wants to use.
We all have some positive and negative in us. And most times, we tend to give our negative traits more power than our positive ones. Whatever we give more power to is what we attract — if it’s negative, we attract negative. If we actually reverse this concept and spend more time nurturing and building on the positive things that God has instilled in us, we will never be at a loss.
But if we let what God truly has for us die before we’re done living, we’d be committing the biggest scandal of all — and unfortunately, my friends, Pope & Associates won’t be able to fix that.