To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Oct 18, 2017 by Pam James, Staff Secretary


You can fill in what you’re dealing with but the ending is always “my hope is You alone”.

I listen to a lot of music but had not heard or paid attention to the song “Even If” by Mercy Me. Roger Goins lines up music for us as we worship at the beginning of our staff retreats – and he’s been using songs with videos from YouTube. While working on the line-up for our worship time I said he could pick whatever he wanted as long as he played “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave. He had played the video for us several times before and it brings you to tears each time. At out last retreat, he had a play list that really affected me deep down. “It Is Well”, “This I Believe”, “Even If”, “Redeemed” – I had heard of the first and last but had not the middle two. There is something about having the video playing and seeing the words as you sing that drove home the lyrics in “Even If”. “I know You’re able, and I know You can, save through the fire, with Your mighty hand, but even if You don’t, my hope is You alone.”

Is You alone…

I can’t tell you how many times I have had confirmation of God at work through these lyrics. I have had several opportunities to speak to several people about several instances that these words kept coming back and were so appropriate to the circumstances. I was talking with someone and my hope is You alone came to mind. The person was not happy in their current circumstance. I reminded them that our happiness is not found in people or things. We have to keep our mind and thoughts on Him alone! God speaks to us in many ways, we have to be alert and listening! Even if we think we have done so much that we’re too far gone – our hope is You alone! Even if He doesn’t move the mountain that we think He should, even if He doesn’t take away the sorrow or hurt we feel at the moment, even if He doesn’t take away the illness, even if He doesn’t work in the way we think He should – Even If! He gives us the strength to endure. We have faith in Him. He is faithful to us. We know He is able and can save us in spite of ourselves. We know He can because He is our hope alone! All Glory to God at All times! Even if You don’t, my hope is You alone always!

 Peace be with you!


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