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The Longing in our Hearts

By Kevin Beirne

President, Bethel Bible Village

Kevin has led Bethel Bible Village since February, 2016. He previously held executive leadership roles with Boy Scouts of America for over 26 years. A graduate of Austin Peay State University, Kevin is an active member of Eastwood Church and a Director of his Rotary Club of Chattanooga-Hamilton Place. At home, he is a devoted husband and father to two sons.

“And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6 (NLT)

Have you ever had one of those days when the paperwork in front of you seems endless?

 I was having one of those days where there were far more things on my plate than I had time to handle. My email was lighting up like a Christmas tree on steroids. The phone rang off the hook.

It’s easy for that kind of stress to creep up on you and choke the joy out of a perfectly fine day.

But then, I went down to the school to pray with our kids. And one of our teens shared with me the desire of her heart. She said she longed to meet with her biological family; the father and mother (and possibly siblings) she had never known.

The Mic Drop on My Bad Day

It was what my sons call a “mic drop” moment. This teen’s “bad day” was filled with the aching longing to be loved and belong. The same deep need that drives us to seek a relationship with God, and to call him by name, Abba, our good father.

In that instant, the stress and craziness of my work-a-day world fell into perspective. And I remembered seeing this compelling question on social media:

“What if your bad days are someone’s good days?”

My bad day would be a great day for this teen. Because even though she would have to answer all those phone calls and emails, she’d know that she has the love and security of a family at home.

Making a Difference

I feel blessed beyond words that Bethel can offer her a home, introduce her to her eternal Father, and be a part of her “Bethel family” here on earth.

If you, like our teen, are struggling with a situation that leaves you feeling disconnected, I pray you will feel the love of God today. In the midst of the worst days, He hears your voice (Psalm 116:1.) He is a God of all mercies and comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3.) And He loves you so much, He has set his spirit in your heart.

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