1. The other day my wife asked me if our trip to Aruba and back seemed like a dream. I admitted that it did. Hard to believe we were there, enjoying the warm breezes caressing our faces and the white sands tickling our toes (not to mention the water's various shades of turquoise and blues too beautiful to describe with mere words). But even more hard to believe is the generosity of our church family to send us there (and back!). Generosity. That's a good word. It's an even better deed. I am thankful for our church's generosity toward us. I am even more thankful for God's generosity! He who did not spare even the life of his one and only Son, is indeed MORE THAN GENEROUS! God calls us to follow in the footsteps of that Son. And just as Jesus continually manifested the generosity of God toward others, we need to be doing the same. I challenge you today (I chose the word "challenge" because the word "invite" isn't strong enough!) to reach out and show some generosity toward someone in your network of relationships. Perhaps you can offer to cut a neighbor's lawn or prepare a meal for a harried mother of young children or even pay for someone's purchase at the grocery store checkout. Keep your eyes (and heart) open. You won't have a problem finding someone to shower with a good dose of generosity today!
2. Tim Keller, well known author and Lead Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, recently pointed out that we are the most overworked society in the history of mankind. What he has to say on this topic is well worth reading and thinking about (AND hopefully responding to with some life changes!). Here's what he said in his sermon, "Work and Rest:"
enormous numbers of hours–it’s just expected. If you don’t want to do it, there’s a line behind you. Whereas people on the bottom are having to take multiple jobs. So everybody’s overworked. It doesn’t matter where you are on the scale. In order to make ends meet, they have to take multiple jobs.So .. if you want to take some time to get alone with God, or spend some time with your spouse or family ... you had better keep it short because there's always something you need to be doing, according to the culture in which we live.
So ...lots to chew on (after, of course, you have dunked these nuggets of wisdom in your coffee)!
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