Made for More

by Karl Ihfe

This past year was the 25th anniversary of the classic Disney movie entitled The Lion King. Released in June of 1994, it’s the story of a young lion, Simba, who is set to succeed his father Mufasa as King of the Pride Lands. In an evil plot twist, Simba’s uncle Scar sets in motion a stampede where Mufasa is killed and then manipulates Simba into believing he is responsible for his father’s death. Simba flees into exile, leaving the life he was intended to lead, all his hopes and dreams, behind. After a few years go by he has a vision of his father in the clouds who says to him, “Simba, you are more than what you have become.” It was Mufasa’s way of telling his son not to settle for a lesser dream, or for being defined by his past instead of striving toward his future. Simply put, he was telling Simba, you were made for more.

Mufasa’s words have stuck with me these last twenty-five years, I’ve thought of them often in the moments when I’ve been tempted to discouragement by a mistake I’ve made or when a plan I’ve tried to work has gone awry. I believe his words have resonated with me, not because Mufasa was so profound, but rather, because they point me back to the truth we find in Scripture. God created us in his image because He loves us, and He has gifted everyone of us and called us to partner with Him in His great ministry of reconciliation with the world. The world tempts us and tries to define us by other things — our image, our sin, our failures. But God reminds us that the power of His Spirit living in us is greater than any power in this world, including sin and death. Simply put, we were made for more.

With that in mind, I can’t help but echo Paul’s words to the church in Rome, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Paul goes on to answer his question with some of the most famous words in all of Scripture: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

At Broadway we believe God is for us! Despite the challenges we have faced in years past, and those we will face in 2020 and beyond, we know that if God is for us nothing can stand against us. We invite you in the pages of this issue of By the Way to explore the many ways God is calling us into partnership with Him here in Lubbock and around the world. I’m praying you’ll be inspired by what you read, but more than that I am praying you’ll remember this: you were made for more!

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