This last Sunday we talked about an idea I read in a book titled Sticky Church written by North Coast Church pastor, Larry Osborn. It was a thought that has really stuck with me and got me to reevaluate a lot of things.
He said, essentially this, “We are Legos.”
Every Lego block has “connectors.” You’ve seen how they work. If you have kids, you’ve probably even stepped on a few. They have connection points on the top. Connection points on the bottom. They come in various sizes but they all have one thing in common: Each block has a given number of connection points. Once these points are filled up, nothing more can be connected.
We all have limited numbers of connection points relationally, emotionally, physically and socially.
If you are worn out after the holidays look at all your connections points! I bet they are maxed out!
My thought for your week: Christmas is done. Turn off the phone. Get some hot tea. Sit down & spend some time with God.
Mathew 11: 28-30 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
It’s Christmas Eve morning as I sit here, in my office, writing this article. I’m thinking about these last 40 years; how God has blessed my life and about all the people I have known and love. I’m thinking back to those Christmas Eve services of my youth. At the end of the service, the sanctuary here at Faith would be filled with people holding candles and quietly singing Silent Night. Most of those people have long since passed away. I can still see their faces. I can still hear their voices. I can still feel them with me.
When the service was over our family would go back to Mom & Dad’s house to have snacks and cider and just spend time together as a family…Mom, Dad and my brother are gone now and those evenings and memories have become more special to me over the years.
As a body of believers, it is wonderful to be able to look back and see how God has continually worked our lives. It is also exciting to know that He continues to bless us with new family, new friends and new experiences! And tonight, once again, the candles will be lit at Faith! The sanctuary will be filled with people singing Silent Night and we will make new, awesome memories! I’m looking forward to it!
Christmas is a time of giving. We give to our family, our friends. We make a point to spend time with people we know and care about…There are many, many people in the world who do not know someone who truly cares about them. There are those who have never had a Christmas worth remembering. While we are thinking of others, remember them…in some way. Pray for them. Do for them. Be Christ for them.
My thought for your week: God has blessed your life. If you look back you will see it. If you look forward you will see it. Make one of your new year’s resolutions to “Love God Back!” Go to church! Worship Him! Get involved in His ministry to others! If you love God, let Him know it! Put your love for Him into action!
We are coming up on Christmas. It is the holiday I love the most. It is the holiday I like the least. Christmas eve is, probably my favorite night of the year. It is amazing how quiet the streets get after 7 pm. If you’re out driving, sometimes there is not another car in sight for miles.
Christmas shopping season and all that goes with it is something …I just can’t do. All of the commercialism, the pressure to find just the right gift, the wrapping, the relentless music…The National Retail Federation is estimating holiday sales of over $700 Billion for 2018.
I wish we could just get together like we do on Thanksgiving. Or, maybe give something we made or found or just give something simple. I realize not many of us have time to “make” something for everyone on our list…
How about this: We all give to our favorite charity exactly what we would have spent on gifts for family and friends. Attach a bow to a piece of paper that says “I gave your present to the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter [Or, some other great cause] because I love you so much.”
Wouldn’t it be amazing how many people we could help with $700 Billion? My Thought for Your Week: Both God and people love the gift of “time.” If you’re going to spend this Christmas, spend some time with God and with someone who really needs someone.
For most of us, when we look in the mirror, we see the person we know. We see all the flaws, defects and failings. However, this person we see is not the person everyone else sees. Others see us more based on our actions, our words and our deeds.
God, on the other hand, sees us more fully than anyone else. He sees us more clearly than we see ourselves. And, as I’ve said many times before, He STILL loves us. And, He STILL wants us close to Him.
As followers of Christ, we should be able to honestly see ourselves for who we really are. We should also be able to honestly see the person we know we should be. And, if we are truly followers, we should be on a continual path, waking towards that Christ-like image.
The problem is, there is a huge gap in the road. The gap is our own sinful nature. Fortunately for us, God is the Great Bridge Builder! He took action 2,000 years ago to span that great divide! All you have to do is keep walking towards Him.
My thought for your week: Do everything you can this week to get closer to God! Aim yourself in His direction and start walking!
We all make mistakes and loads of bad choices as we walk through this life. I think it would be overwhelming If we could see all the “wrong things” we’ve done actually wrapped up in great big lumpy bags. Man! Talk about baggage! I can also imagine myself standing at the ticket counter of Heaven’s railway station, with all my bags piled up behind me. I can see the look on the ticket-taker’s face as he looks over my shoulder. I can hear him saying to me, “Sorry, you can’t get on the train because we don’t have enough room for all your garbage!” Fortunately, Jesus paid the price for all of our baggage. By dying on the cross, He has wiped it out of existence. We are new creations in Him. We are born again. He has washed us white as snow! If you’re feeling overwhelmed in life, buried by all of your baggage, remember that He can wipe your slate clean. He gives you the ability to start over! And when your time comes and you walk into Heaven’s railway station, you won’t need any bags and “you won’t need no ticket! You just get on board!”
My Though for your week: God never let’s your baggage get between you and His love. He knows all about you and He STILL loves you.