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S SCRIPTURE: PSALM 139:15-16

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

One of golf’s immortal moments came when a nervous Scotsman demonstrated the new game to President Ulysses Grant. Carefully placing the ball on the tee, he took a mighty swing. The club hit the turf and scattered dirt all over the President’s beard and surrounding vicinity, while the ball placidly waited on the tee. Again the Scotsman swung, and again he missed. The President waited patiently through six tries and then quietly stated, “There seems to be a fair amount of exercise in the game, but I fail to see the purpose of the ball.”

Great effort and discipline can seem pointless when disconnected from clear purpose. Even the most ardent spiritual regimens can leave us feeling frustrated and unfulfilled apart from being linked to what God intends for our lives.

In the passage above, David passionately describes the way God fashions us in the womb, weaving in the ingredients for greatness and purpose-filled living. Every moment of each day of our lives was seen and recorded before time began. God wants to guide our every step in the direction of His divine blueprint for our lives: “For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death” (Psalm 48:14)

In order to effectively obey God’s call in our lives and as a church, we must clearly recognize what the call is. God’s call on the people of Thrive Chapel is to help you grow in your next step. Practically speaking, God has a role for each of us to play in the fulfillment of this vision. Through the Beyond journey, we will continue our quest in this vision and financially commit to seeing our future building plans become a reality.

What do you believe is your purpose in fulfilling God’s vision for Thrive Chapel?

T THINK record your observations from the verse(s) above

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E ENGAGE personalize how you will apply the verse(s) to your life

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P PRAYER

Father, I want to passionately embrace the cause of Christ so I can make a difference in the world around me. As we embark on the Beyond journey, help me begin to understand in a greater way the role I’m to play in my church. Amen!