Katherine Johnson - June 3, 2018

Changing The Atmosphere

Joseph

I watched it unfold just the other night: one of my kids, in the presence of an older (deemed cooler) kid, acted in a way that was completely out of character for him. Why is it that some people seem to create a vortex of influence? We see in Genesis 39 that Joseph was such a person; one who changed the atmosphere around him. His leadership brought success and blessings regardless his setting. Joseph held no secrets. The key to his favor (as recounted many times throughout Genesis 39) was that "the Lord was with him."

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The School of Hard Knocks. No one ever willingly applies to it. No one applies for scholarships in order to attend. No one wishes they could stay longer. No one wears the t-shirt. No one proudly boasts its decal on the back of their vehicle. No. One. Yet many of us have spent time in this school; many of us have gleaned wisdom while there. The curriculum was tough (even awful at times!) but, oh, what we learned. Joseph. One of the charter members on The School of Hard Knocks. As we begin our mini-series this Sunday on the events of his life (found in the book of Genesis), we'll find a young man who was unwillingly admitted to this school. But rather than find the nearest exit out of there, Joseph humbled himself under the mighty hand of God; the God who truly did exalt him at the proper time (1 Peter 5:6). There's a lot we can learn from this SHK graduate!

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