I served at a church in Albuquerque along with a guy named Mike. I learned a lot from him in those few years. One of the things I admired most about him was his servant heart. I could ask him do do anything and he was all over it! What a heart and passion he had and still has for people. He was a natural fit to be our Connections Pastor…. leading all of the volunteer teams.
Mike also used to tell me to read the Bible until God speaks. It may be a verse or it could be a chapter or more. Sometimes when I sit down to read the Bible I will have a specific book in mind to read. At times I will read the same book for several weeks over and over. Right now I am reading mainly Philippians. Today while reading these verses stood out. Kind of keeping in line with a theme that goes with some other verses I posted the other day on love. These verses from The Message also go along with conversations I have had lately.
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care – them do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” Philippians 2:1-4.
I have moved onto the Bishop Compound where everyday is a new adventure.
Lori and I live on the acres of land her father owns. It’s a great place to live. There is a pasture behind us with cows that bless us with the natural smells they leave behind from time to time. Everywhere else around us we are surrounded by beautiful woods. Before long we’ll have the opportunity to see her father’s large garden in action! Sometimes in the evening I like to go out on the front porch and watch the deer. I really like the “country” feel I have where we live.
Well, living in the country also has it’s less then desirable critters that roam the land. With the time change it’s day light a lot longer and so I was getting some things done outside this evening. While out there I found the pesky little possum that has been giving us fits around the house.
So, I sprung into action! I ran inside to get my Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun. I unloaded about 30 BB’s on the not so little guy. With each shot it just sat there and finally it’s head sort of leaned over like he was dead. Then I thought, “That thing ain’t dead – it’s playing ‘possum’ with me!”
Well, Lori calls her dad and tells him what is going on in the backyard. He shows up a few minutes later sporting his pistol. With one shot there was no more playing possum! (You can tell I’m a city boy!)
Alright, so what spiritual truths do we reach real hard to find in the midst of this little “warm and fuzzy”? (Just for you DV).
I have something in mind but you’ll have to wait for Part 2. Until then you are more than welcome to post your thoughts.