Inspired by the grand parties of Long Island in the 1920’s, F.Scott Fitzgerald began piecing together big ideas for a most memorable novel. In 1925, The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews and only sold 20,000 copies the first year. Hardly the results of such an inspired idea! Fitzgerald eventually died in 1940, tragically believing himself to be a failure and his work all but forgotten. As we know today, The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic!
Sometimes it’s hard to see the impact of our work, our words, our friendship, our faith. Oftentimes, it’s easy to miss the fruit of the seeds we plant. And always, God invites us to trust.
In Jeremiah 29:11, there’s a heart-warming promise to the people of God in exile - “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans for hope and a future.” The problem is that it would be 70 more years before they’d be freed. Instead, He tells them to seek the peace of the city…for in its prosperity you will also prosper. In other words, serve, host, give, help, throw a party and trust that God will meet you there. Apparently, God doesn’t prosper us by removing struggle. But…he defines a way to experience his presence.
Speaking of grand parties and seeking the peace, we threw a ‘Roaring’ party last week (See pictures HERE). It was a chance to host others as we celebrated two years of faith, community, and mission in Austin. It’s hard to measure the impact of a party, a favor, an invite, a worship service, brunch, a bag of groceries, or a shared meal with a refugee. But God invites us to trust while we seek Him and the peace and of the city. Here’s to demonstrating faith and trusting God with the results! Join us for worship this Sunday as we consider more of God’s promises for a New Year! In fact, don’t just come…Host. Many guests might be ready for another invite.
Trusting Him, together.