Every day we are given the opportunity to share the gospel and speak of ke Akua’s story with confidence and conviction. KS Hawaiʻi Kahu Kaunaloa Boshard KSK’77 reminds us that while it might be scary to do so, we are never alone in that journey. It’s a kākou thing!
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E nā hoahānau, ma kuʻu manaʻo iho,
ʻaʻole au i lālau aku:
akā, ʻo kēia hoʻokahi kaʻu e hana nei,
e hoʻopoina ana au i nā mea i hala ma hope,
a e kīkoʻo aku ana au i nā mea ma mua,
Ke holo ikaika aku nei au ma ka hōʻailona,
i loaʻa iaʻu ka lei o ka poʻe a ke Akua
i hea mai ai no luna mai ma o Kristo Iesū lā.
– Pilipi 3:13-14
I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this;
however, I do have one compelling focus:
I forget all the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead.
I run straight for the divine invitation
of reaching the heavenly goal and
gaining the victory prize through the anointing of Jesus.
– Philippians 3:13-14
He manaʻo o ke kahu
Aloha kakahiaka kākou! E aloha iā ʻoukou, e maluhia hoʻi i ke Akua ka Makua, a i ko kākou Haku iā Iesū Kristo. Grace and peace of our Lord God Almighty be with you all.
I know, what now? For many of us, we begin thinking about our Monday mornings weeks in advance. Our calendars are three months ahead of the current day and we are trying to keep pace with timelines, deadlines and a lot of lines. What should our course of action be today?
Our youngest son is enjoying football practice again and the joys of athletics are being experienced by all the players and coaches. He sometimes wakes up in the morning a little sore, but that is one of the joys…sort of. My words of encouragement for him are always to just live in the present, don’t think about tomorrow or the next day. Just lean on Jesus and be prepared for today. The soreness in your body will dissipate, your mind will adapt to the longer hours of the day’s demands, and your team will live out their story of unity, day by day, together.
That is one of the key points that Paul is encouraging us to remember. We don’t have to worry about being perfect in preparation for our salvation, that part is all on Jesus, and it is done. By the way, that was the “this” in today’s scripture verse.
Our part is to wake up each day knowing that we need to stay present with Ke Akua. Our Majesty is filling our lives with opportunities each day to share the gospel, and we are called upon to simply tell God’s story with confidence. What? Am I to tell the whole story on my own? No, silly, you are part of the team. We belong to Jesus and are more than a remnant, we are the blessed multitudes of followers who get to tell God’s love for us with our collective stories.
Tales of Jesus saving our lives with uncompromising compassion. Accounts of our Savior’s intercession to heal our minds and our bodies for God’s glory. We just need to learn how to lean on Christ today and let our thankfulness lead our sharing.
Do this, and your body will overcome the soreness of hesitancy; your mind will overwhelm any anxiety that comes with adapting. Finally, beloved, remember to always strive together to reach the prize that is in Christ Jesus who is calling us to persevere, day by day.
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