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Don’t party with those who are absent

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photo by: dadsdish.blogspot.com

I simply love donuts!  They kind of resemble the spare tire I’ve attained over the year.

One of my most favorite donuts is the six-count box of powdered rasberry-filled by Hostess…..well, at least until they went out of business.  When I was a kid I would take money I earned from mowing lawns and buy myself a box.  This occured maybe once every two weeks.  I could normally eat an entire box in one day, all on my own!

Sometimes, however, I’d leave one in the box for breakfast the next day.  (I know…leave me alone)  Now, I’ll be honest with you.  On those mornings I would wake up and be pretty excited remembering that I had saved one for breakfast.

But it was just one!

I mean, it’s in a box that holds six…..but I only have one.  Do you think I focused all my attention  crying over the five that were missing?  Absolutely not!  (ok, maybe just a little)  But I fully enjoyed that ONE…..down to the last crumb!

I had a party with the one I had, not the five that were absent.

I had these thoughts come to me today in church.  (hey, give me a break)  My wife and I had the opportunity to share with our church family that the Children’s Ministry team was needing to expand a bit…by about 50 individuals.  I’m so thankful for a church that values and supports Children.

I wish I could tell you that we got our 50 additional team members…but we didn’t.  We did, however, make connections with a handful of very willing individuals who are excited to learn more about this ministry opportunity.

(this is where the donut illustration comes in nicely)

You see, we could have allowed the massive void of workers to overshadow the good people who God brought to our team.  It’s like that one last donut.  I had a party with that donut.  And we’re going to celebrate (in a big way) with those few new workers…..NOT focusing on who is missing.

So, what’s your donut?

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God’s Church on Caffeine

Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.      Romans 12:11 (NLT)

In this chapter of the book of Romans, Paul is encouraging the church on the character it should have.  In fact, the over-all tone is being a living sacrifice for others.  He addresses topics such as love, forgiveness, and patience…as if these are going to be sacrificial acts from time to time.  And they are.  But His Spirit enables us so we can continue moving forward in God’s call on our lives.

Our church just completed a very busy and intense week of VBS.  It was awesome!  And as I read this verse in Romans this morning, hard work & enthusiasm really stuck out to me.  So many CCC members came together this week, working hard and serving God enthusiastically.  Regardless of time crunches, expense, and physical & emotional demands….Christ’s church stepped up.  They were sacrificially obedient.  And the results were clear.  Lives were changed, hearts were touched, and most important…Jesus’ name was lifted up.  It was a week of worship, saturated in sweat & exhaustion.  Yet I would suggest that it caused God to grin on His people.

May He grin on you today.  And may you find the joy in working hard for others, especially if you don’t know them.

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