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The Third Thing
by Dan MacKInnon
The Beautiful Third Thing
Terry Wardle spoke one day in class about "the Third Thing" that God does. The third thing is what you get when you take something from our lives and God brings something of Himself to bear on it. It's not one or the other in character but A THIRD THING, A BEAUTIFUL THIRD THING!

As I was working through some "stuff" in my life in the solitude of my snow days in Ohio I was drawn to reflect on the Beautiful Third Thing and so what follows is the fruit of that reflection. I offer it simply as an expression of awe before God at how much He loves us. Maybe this "Third Thing" is part of what Jesus wants to do for His broken leaders and His Bride.
my weakness + His strength = Glory

my sin + His atonement = New Creation

my brokenness + His Healing = Wholeness

my gifts + His Spirit = Ministry

my surrender + His Grace = Transformation

my fear + His Love = Security

my faith + His Sight = Vision

my impossibilities + His Possibilities = Miracle

my emptiness + His Fullness = Intoxication

my instrumentality + His Inspiration = Praise

my heart + His community = Sanctuary

my life + His Presence = Safety

my despair + His Plan = Hope

my thirst + His Water = Fullness

my doubt + His Belief in Me = Ignition

my desperation + His Care = Change

my desperation + His Provision = Anticipation

my desperation + His Power = Signs & Wonders

my desperation + His Desperation = A Fresh Outpouring of His Spirit

O Lord Jesus, Make us as desperate for you as You are for us and may the desperation and brokenness we offer be all You need to do a Beautiful Third Thing in the lives of your people!

“ From cowardice that shrinks from new truth;
from laziness that is content with half-truth;
from arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,
O God of Truth deliver us!”
(Author Unknown - From Ken Blue’s “Authority to Heal”)