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Elevated Friday, March 27th, 2020

Happy Elevated Friday! Today we highlight a uplifting message during this challenging time. We all know that Hobby Lobby has always strived to operate by Christian morals and its founder and CEO, David Green, is an outspoken Christian. He sent a memo to his entire company this week both to inform them of what policies they would operate by to protect their employees and customers, as well as share a powerful message of hope.

This week, rather than write my own message, I wanted to share what David Green and his wife, Barbara, shared with the Hobby Lobby employees. They wrote the following:

“This country has experienced several calamities and disruptions over the past century. From world wars to terrorist attacks, to financial crises and pandemics. While the current COVID-19 virus has been added to that list, and is certainly concerning and disruptive, I have every confidence that we, as a country and Company, will sustain and thrive again soon. My ad Barbara’s confidence, and comfort, comes in large part from knowing that you are part of our Hobby Lobby family.

In my family, Barbara is the prayer warrior. Today, that title takes on such a different meaning than I ever imagined before because we are at war with this latest virus. To quote the late Dr. Billy Graham, ‘We are to pray in times of adversity, lest we become faithless and unbelieving. We are pray in times of prosperity, lest we become boastful and proud. We are to pray in times of danger, lest we become fearful and doubting. We are to pray in times of security, lest we become self-sufficient.”

In her quiet prayer time this past week, the Lord put on Barbara’s heart three profound words to remind us that He’s in control. Guide, Guard, and Groom. We serve a God who will Guide us through this storm, who will Guard us as we travel places never seen before, and who, as a result of this experience, will Groom us to be better than we could have ever thought possible before now….

While we do not know for certain what the future holds, or how long this disruption will last, we can all rest knowing that God is in control…Our Statement of Purpose from the beginning of our company is as relevant today as it was in 1972: ‘We believe that it is by God’s grace and provision that the Company has endured. He has been faithful in the past, and we trust Him for our future.’”

David and Barbara Green’s words, though directed at their own company and its’ employees, can just as easily be directed towards the entire country and world. Today, be prayerful for our world to get through this disruption and be confident that by God’s grace and provision we will do so.

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