LockToday’s Word: ‘UNLOCK’ as in… this little exercise with a combination lock will actually unlock a new way of being reminded of the power of faith, hope and love in our lives.

Alright, this one’s for our young people.

Imagine standing in front of your locker at school. There’s a good chance that you’re not, at that very moment, wondering how to impact the world with faith, hope and love.

That’s okay. Not many of us are that intentional.

But just go with me on this: If your locker has a combination lock on it, spin the dial to the three numbers on the lock. (If you don’t have a combination lock, a key lock will work in three stages: put the key in, turn the key, then pull the locker open.) Spin the dial to the right, to the left, and then back to the right again. Now open the lock. How you feel when the lock actually opens? Now close the lock and spin the dial.

In 1 Corinthians 13:13 we read these words: “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”

I believe our greatest mission is to unlock faith, hope, and love in our lives so that we can help others unlock faith, hope, and love in their lives.

Now open the lock again. This time, instead of just thinking of each number, say to yourself, “‘Right to faith’, ‘Left to hope’, ‘Right to love’.”

Or say to yourself as you stop at the first number (or put the key in the lock), “I have faith in God.”

As you stop at the second number or turn the key, say, “I am filled with hope.”

As you stop at the third number and pull the lock open, say, “I am called to love others.”

Every time we open a lock we are reminded that faith strengthens our life with Christ, hope creates new possibilities each day, and love opens new doors in relationships.

Let’s lock in on that and unlock thriving life together!



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