Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Writer/Editor Jordan Kimbrell.
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Change can be a hard thing to accept. Even good change can bring anxiety. But for most, with proper planning and time to mentally prepare, even big changes can become exciting and provide new opportunities.
For many of the families we serve, change can come unexpectedly. Living on the margins of society makes them more susceptible to destabilizing effects of change. A lack of steady work can leave people without reliable income, while families in slum communities or shantytowns face the possibility of coming home to find their neighborhoods bulldozed.
With the right support, change becomes easier to handle. That’s what Unbound sponsors provide for those they sponsor. Encouragement lets sponsored friends and their families know they’re not alone in facing challenges, while monthly benefits help them in their progress away from society’s margins and onto more stable footing. Sponsored friends take what the Unbound program offers and make positive differences in their lives and in their communities.
Lord, by giving us seasons, you show us that change is a natural, ever-present part of life. We look to you for comfort when we are overwhelmed, and in thanksgiving when new opportunities bring us joy. May we be guided by you so that the changes we make in our lives, and that affect the lives of others, glorify you and bring peace. We ask this in your name. Amen.