Dr. Beckwith’s Friday Inspiration For September 1st

Happy Friday, Team!


I hope today finds you well and that you have had a wonderful week. As I began the week, I referenced the scripture in Titus 3: 2-7, “…to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men, for we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy, He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”



Through our shared mission, I am reminded of our incredible impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities. Our commitment to embracing, equipping, and empowering is at the heart of everything we do, and it’s an honor to witness the transformational power of our efforts.


This week, I want us to delve deeper into the theme of mercy but with a new perspective – the understanding we extend to one another within our team. In our pursuit of self-sufficiency and empowerment for those we serve, let us not forget that our unity and support are essential for achieving our mission. Mercy is an outward expression and an inward quality that calls us to show compassion, understanding, and forgiveness to each other. Just as we strive to provide a helping hand to those in need, we must also offer grace and empathy to our colleagues.


In Titus 3:2-7, we read about God’s boundless mercy that brings salvation and renewal. Let us translate this divine example into our interactions and relationships. As we collaborate, problem-solve, and navigate the challenges that come our way, let us be mindful of extending mercy to our fellow team members. We all have moments of struggle, moments when we may not have all the answers, and moments when we need a kind word or a listening ear. By showing mercy to each other, we create a supportive environment where growth, learning, and collaboration can thrive.


As you reflect on the word “mercy” this weekend, consider how you can actively incorporate it into your interactions within the team. Can you lend a helping hand to a colleague who may be overwhelmed? Can you offer a word of encouragement to lift someone’s spirits? Can you forgive and let go of any misunderstandings that may have arisen? I pray that we all will do our very best to answer in the affirmative.


May God’s Grace and Mercy be with you this day and the weekend.

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