Accept nothing you see as permanent. The unseen is the real.
When I moved to Memorial I often encountered the question, "How are you doing with your elders?" My response would be, "Of which ones do you speak? The ones I have now or the ones I have in 15 years? The ones I have now are great, but wait 'til you see the ones I have 15 years from now!" Don't assume the best of life has already been discovered and lived....by someone else. The greatest treasures, I believe, are yet to be discovered within the range of our very own paths.
I find it especially fascinating to think about some of God's best intended blessings which are secretly buried within the hearts and minds of the unbelievers in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces just waiting to be released into faith.
We must continue to dig, to sow, to reach out. Blessings for the church are hidden in unbeliever's hearts. They have God-gift awaiting release. We must uncover such marvelous, wonderful buried treasure so the kingdom can gain even more momentum!
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. Open the eyes of my heart!
Dare to live wide-eyed! Ignore the bemoaning skeptic. The church has yet to arrive close to its fabulous potential. That's why I would never want to leave it.