Roller Coaster of Life

Magnum XL-200, the first roller coaster in the...

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Don’t be afraid; just believe…” (Luke 8:50)

I remember some years back going to Cedar Point with a friend who loved to ride roller coasters. Cedar Point came out with a relatively new one at that time called the Magnum XL-200. It was called the highest roller coaster at that time at 205 feet high. The speed of riding that roller coaster would get up to 72 mph. If you go to this link: you can actually watch what it’s like to take the ride.

Going on a ride like this takes belief that you will survive it. I wasn’t so sure the first time I went on it. I rode on this roller coaster three times…and screamed just as loud every time. This is a ride where you forget all your troubles, because the focus is on survival.

There are things in life that are frightening. God does not want us to be afraid. Throughout the Bible, he sends the message of “fear not” and “do not be afraid.” God wants us to focus on him, his promises, and his presence. If we can keep our focus on God, and believe what he says, our fears will disappear.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, with the ups and downs of life, I pray that my faith will keep me on the firm foundation of you. I need not fear because of the victory I have in you. Amen

Faith tip: Look for a couple of scripture verses in the Bible regarding fear, and see what God says about it. Memorize these verses to keep in your heart and mind as you journey through life.

Encouraging Passion for Jesus

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Cooking shows are interesting to me. I love to see the different ways of preparing food, and the skills used by the instructors. They make it look so easy. Their passion for their craft is easily seen and felt. By watching them, I am encouraged to try their food creations.

I believe that is the same principle in the Christian journey. We can encourage each other with how we show love to one another, help one another, join in together for work of the kingdom, pray together, share what God is doing in our lives, and many other ways. But we have to keep doing it. It starts with us as individuals. Show your passion for Jesus. Others will be moved by it. We sometimes forget that the “Day” is approaching. Jesus is coming back. Let us spur each other on in response to that fact. People are watching, and they need your encouragement.

Prayer: I praise you, Jesus, knowing that today you have planned for me to encourage someone in the faith. You are coming back. May I prepare my heart and life for such a wonderful day, and encourage others to do the same. Amen.

Faith tip: Look for ways today to encourage someone with the love of Christ.