Here we are... it is spring! I know that for many people winter seemed to draaaaaaaaag on. Thankfully, the weather is sunny, the snow is (mostly) gone and it seems that spring has finally arrived.
This time of year can be strange for our church family. We've had VBS (it went great!). Easter has come and gone (it was great too!). And now, we can look at the calendar and recognize that there isn't too much happening for the next while. Sure, we'll have a church picnic in June. And we shouldn't forget about Mother's Day (or Father's Day for that matter!). But we don't have any big "Ministry Events" happening for the next while.
The lull in our church calendar (which happens in many churches) has reminded me of something really important: We're called to serve Jesus in the normal, everyday, mundane stuff of life.
Really, that is what we've been exploring in the book of Philippians: how to "live lives worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ." But I sometimes forget that living such a life happens in the ordinary, everyday stuff. We're to live worthy of the gospel as we pack our kids lunches... as we head to work (at a job that we don't really enjoy)... as we clean up our yards after a long winter (and try not to get too frustrated with the fact that neighbourhood dogs have left us some presents!).
We try to live lives worthy of the gospel as we try to figure out how we'll get the car fixed... or what renovations we should (or need) to do around the house.
We live lives worthy of the gospel as we try to put the needs of others ahead of our own. It SOUNDS like we should be able to do that... but man oh man... I sure find it hard to do!
So, in the "down times"... I'm praying that we'll live worthy of the gospel. I'm praying that we'll run into one another as we go about our daily routines. I'm praying that we'll find ways to bless the people around us in practical, useful ways.
I'm praying that Jesus will help us to live lives that are worthy of the gospel.
And I'd appreciate it if you'd pray the same for me!
We're challenging one another to memorize Philippians 2:5 - 11. YOU can choose your favourite translation! Once you've memorized it then let Pastor Brad know... but be aware that he might test you!
Join with others for an informal time of prayer -
for one another, our city, our church and more.