Day FIVE: Nov 8-14

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What To Do After An Election

Be Gentle and Show Humility

Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 

Philippians 4:5 (NASB)

At 6’ 4” I have been called a giant. Compared to some, I am a large human. Compared to others, I am pretty normal. I can’t do much about the point of reference through which people experience my body. To some, I am huge and to others—not. 

Some people have experienced amiable and friendly Isaac and have called me a gentle giant. I always take that as a compliment because it is striking to people when someone large doesn’t use their physical strength or presence to intimidate. Although a large person could use their size to threaten others, a gentle giant is one who refrains from their coercive potential. 

Each of us has tremendous potential to influence others. Our words and actions do affect others. Today, what attitude you embody will affect those around you. You are a giant—you can make a huge difference.

Today, be a gentle giant. Although you could gloat or mope, choose to be gentle. Although you could fire off a retort, be gentle. Although you could open your mouth to fill the air with your opinions, be gentle and close your mouth. Be gentle and open your ears. 

Paul says in this verse that the Lord is near. Actually, the Spirit of the Lord resides in you. So, to every person you come across today—the Lord is near to them—in you! 

So, take the advice of Paul and be gentle. 

31 Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways. 32 Such wicked people are detestable to the LORD, but he offers his friendship to the godly.

Proverbs 3:31–32 (NLT)


Isaac Hovet
Isaac Hovet

Isaac has been the Lead Pastor at New Hope since 2016. He graduated from Life Pacific University and has served in numerous roles including his previous role as Lead Pastor at Cottage Grove Faith Center in Cottage Grove Oregon. Isaac is married to Donia, and together they have three children.

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