“The Good Book”, Courtney Phelps

Courtney Phelps, Director of Community Service Learning, shared in Chapel yesterday the importance of ‘going to your script’ which for her is the Bible.

Below are her words.

There’s a sermon by a preacher in a small church in Nashville, that is one of my absolute favorites. Every time I am in need of a little encouragement I go to this sermon. In the sermon, he preaches this story about “Mission Impossible”. If you’ve ever seen any Mission Impossible movie then you know that there are some crazy scenes and that Tom Cruise gets himself in these situations that you think “oh no this is not going to go well.” But regardless of what’s happening at the end everything works out. So the preacher asked the why? Why does it always work out? And he gave an answer that I will never forget….because it’s in the script. Actors and movie directors , they have a script so they know what’s next. They have something to rely on. They put their trust in the script. What’s your script?

What’s your script? I put my trust in what my grandmother would call “the Good Book”. As a kid, I could not figure out why she would ever call the Bible the good book. It was long and the words were so tiny and there’s was a lot of red which means Jesus talked a lot. And I hated reading as a kid so who would call this a good book. It wasn’t until I got older and I needed some guidance and direction that I understood why she called it the good book. It’s the perfect script.

The Lord gave you a framework. Use the framework and follow the script. When you’re struggling to make a decision or when you are feeling lonely.

When I submit a paper, I pray. I go to my script.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

When I graduated High School in LA and went half way across the country to college with no friends or family, I went to my script.  

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

And a while back, my sister got into a really bad car accident and when calls to my grandmother who is my prayer worry didn’t resonate, I went to my script.

Matthew 19:26- “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

When we trust in Christ he gives us His nature, His spirit, His discipline and self control. He gives us sound mind and helps us think properly without being controlled by our emotions. So how do I know things are going to be all right. Because God will never leave me nor forsake me. I use the script He gave me.

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