Belonging is very powerful. Its something we need. Its that sense that no matter what, I’m always a part of this group.
My sister belonged to my family. She belonged to me, and us. We belonged to her. There was never a question of whether at some point we would kick Anja out. We had no fear that she would reject us.
She belonged, and we belonged.
Well, then she was taken.
And the fact that at once comforts and hurts is that she still belongs in our family and we still belong to her.
This parting is so final and so temporary.
We and she belong.
What do you do when you see evil? What do you do when you experience a barrage of ungodliness?
What if you don’t even like what you see when you introspect.
What if you evangelize without result?
What if the supposed Christians in your life don’t act like Jesus?
Then you should read this verse:
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There’s only two things we need to know to be encouraged.
1. The Light is shining.
2. The darkness hasn’t overcome it.
What if we were to run a business like a storage shed company?
All the staff would get together once or twice a week for a meeting. We would talk about how wonderful our sheds are, and spend some time relaxing in them. We would discuss improvements to their design. We would solemnly commit to teamwork. We would talk about all the people who need our sheds.
The rest of the week we would mow our yards, spend time with our families and church, and tend the veggies behind the house.
Occasionally we would pause and watch the traffic going by on the highway and wonder why they weren’t stopping in to buy sheds. We wouldn’t have any buildings on display, but the sign by the road would be very clear that we have sheds to sell.
We would give money to organizations that built sheds overseas.
When we went shopping it would occasionally occur to us that we should mention something about our sheds to the cashier or sales person. But we wouldn’t want to be a bother and anyway, they probably already have a shed in their back yard. We would settle for wearing a shirt with a classy company logo and a company bumper sticker. That way, if they needed a shed they would ask us about getting one.
Brothers, what I say to you, I say to myself:
Why let business have all the fun?
ITS TIME TO START MARKETING
Are you confident your life is going to go great? Are you confident that your life will go poorly?
Sometimes in life, things happen.
No, things always happen:
good things, bad things, ugly things, pleasant things
You are not God, so you can neither control these things or know them before they happen.
There are some things one can be certain about. You might want to figure out what those things are, because you’ll need them.
Hey faithful and sporadic readers,
Yes, I have not been doing vibrantly with maintaining fresh content here. The sad truth is that as we move, it will likely continue to be sporadic, at best.
Here’s what I’ve been thinking about some lately:
I’ve been reading a book by Brandon Hatmaker called Barefoot Church. I haven’t finished the book yet, but here’s what they do:
On most Sunday mornings they totally focus on just worship in the more traditional sense. Occasionally they skip a Sunday morning service and do good in the community instead.
They have small groups that meet during the week. Twice a month or so these groups do good in their community, working with non-profits and so on.
Here’s the thing I really like about their story. They have found that serving the least has genuinely promoted church numerical growth. Their partnerships with non-profits builds appreciation and respect in their community.
This isn’t about a watered down social gospel of some kind that just does good. Its service that opens doors to long term relationships.
Their church really is being good news in their world. As you might expect, bringing genuine good news is genuinely attractive.
Lets roll baby!
Are you contented?
When a person feels a need to change, you can offer solutions. But if the person feels no need, what can you do then? Can you do anything?
Well, you could pray.
Are you discontented enough to pray for the content?