Fun and Thank you.

Fun is about as good a habit as there is.                                                                                                                                   ~ Jimmy Buffet

 
Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.
                                                                                                                                    ~ James 1:21
 
     One of the things I so appreciate about our former pastor was his penchant for infusing laughter and fun into our church life. He made Sunday a family meeting, sometimes calling folks by name to highlight an event, sometimes calling someone who was suffering from a catastrophic illness (after consulting with them) and putting it out there that we all might pray instead of pretending it did not happen or leaving it to silence.  I appreciate the streams of fun that trickled through our congregation.  He knew how to have some fun in the midst of seriousness. There was a lot of love there.
     Something he did that was dead serious was that he did not tolerate gossip, and he did not tolerate swearing as a part of our church meetings, officer meetings, etc.  He set a standard.  He made it a habit to build folks up, not allow them to be so hard on themselves, offer them a hand when they were down.
     It would seem that the scripture in James was certainly a part of his foundation, and a part of the fruit he leaves behind.  A good goal for us.  I love the visual of landscaping with the Word and making a salvation-garden of our lives.  
     Right now, for me it means, not using social media to spread unrest, unhappiness, point fingers, political agenda.  Right now for me it means to take the higher road and keep my other thoughts to myself.  My job is to live it to the best of my ability.  
     The hardest thing for me to do is have fun.  I am way too serious.  But I am up to something.
Look out church!
 
Because of Him,
Linda
     
On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 8:31 AM, Linda Dickman <libearyn@gmail.com> wrote:

A bad habit never disappears miraculously. It’s an undo-it-yourself project. 
 
                                                               ~ Abigail Van Buren (1918–2013)
 
Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.
                                                              ~ Philippians 2:9-11
 
     It has been a very painful few weeks in the United States of America.  Lots of death, lots of loss, lots of hateful things said.  I listened to the President talk about changing the way we speak, the way we treat each other, the way we need to move forward.  I heard the choir sing, “Glory Glory Hallelujah.”, I have seen the posts on social media.  
      Still lots of pain, lots of people who know better. Lots of platitudes, lots of stinging words.
 I saw this: on a friends’ page on Facebook the other day.
” Two thousand years ago, Jesus ended the debate on which lives matter. He died for all. ” I still felt the sting.
    Ultimately it doesn’t matter whose words sound better, who is right, who is more politically correct.  We are all hurting, afraid, tired, scared, done, in shock, and trying to move forward, not on.  One person at a time, if we are humble and kind and remember whose light we are called to walk in, we can/will, make a difference.  I believe I’ll let Tim McGraw preach today.  His words heal, remind, charge us with today’s task, “Always Stay Humble and Kind.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awzNHuGqoMc

Always Stay Humble and Kind
Because of Him,
Linda

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