Independence from the World
Earlier this month we celebrated the 4th of July--the day we gained our independence! I hope you all had a good time with family and friends, being thankful for our country. Let us remember the sacrifices of those before us so that we can enjoy our country's independence!
Independence is a word I think about quite often at Barnabas Vision. So many people we come in contact with have lost their independence and desparately want it back. Some of them have never had it and we at Barnabas Vision do not want to just give a hand out but a hand up. Also, there are some throughout our various programs that we want to have independence--to get out of debt, to not rely on assistance! They strive for independence! But the best independence that we can ask for is independence from the world and to surrender our will and have utter dependence on our Lord and Savior! God loves us so much and when we rely on Him we have independence from the world!
At Barnabas Vision we strive to give and encourage people to strive for independence by loving like Jesus and encouraging like Barnabas. We desparately want to help people because God has loved us. I love this quote from Matthew Barrett: "We believe in people who have stumbled and gotten to their feet again because time after time after time Jesus continues to believe in us after we stumble." Independence from the world is not easy but it is worth it to have independence from the world and dependence upon God.
That is why I am encouraged with all of our programs, especially our life program, which stands for Living Intentionally For Eternity. This program is walking life with someone and encouraging them. We have several coping skills classes, one of which is the Biblical Coping Skills Class that focuses on looking at life situations within the book of James. This is just an example. We know that gaining independence is work! I am grateful for those who believe in me and in return I want to believe in others because everyone is special to God and everyone has a unique story that can bless others. I thank you all for being a part of the Barnabas Vision story as we encourage one another.
~ David Coggin
Executive Director / Community Minister