CEO Commentary

Sometimes God shakes us to wake us. Those words were spoken to me during my first virtual conference, which I participated in for a church club. The theme for the conference was “Unshakeable,” which is spot on for this season of life we’re in. The question was asked: “How do we respond when the shakes and the quakes come?” Because we live in a world that will continually try to knock us off our guard, it is vital to be anchored to something absolute. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm, and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” (Hebrews 6:19-20) The answer: Jesus is our anchor; we respond by turning to Him.

I’ve never experienced an earthquake, so I cannot relate to having everything shake, literally, all around me. I do, however, know what it’s like to feel as though my surroundings are unsteady; that’s where I am now. Our annual Advancement Event is rapidly approaching. And as we make plans to host all of you, along with our highly anticipated guest speakers, it’s not concrete. I don’t know what our situation will be in October or what restrictions will be in place. My boys head back to school soon with safety precautions in place which will limit interaction and activity. Although I’m grateful for them to return, this school year comes with a great deal of uncertainty. However, no matter how much my plans change, I can rest assured that God is in control of it all! “I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand— I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’ ” Isaiah 51:16. God is the creator of heaven and earth and we are His people.

We’re being shaken and thrust into uncharted territory, in our places of work, our homes, our activities, and maybe even our faith. What are you anchored to? My prayer is that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ where you can know your hope is secure. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” Hebrews 12:28

God’s got this. Let’s hold on to our hope in Him and remain steady in our work for His kingdom.

Together for God’s glory,

Melanie Smeenk, CEO


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