..........encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. I Thessalonians 5:14
Luke 6:30-36 "If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same." (vs. 32-22)
One of the valuable lessons I learned as a participant and coach in team sports is that success is directly proportional to how well the team unifies the diversity of each and every member. You don't get to choose your teammates and that is true for most of the "teams" or communities of which we are members in life. But you can also acheive much worldly success by working well together, without deeply caring about each other.
Jesus purposely chose a "rag-tag", diverse group to become apostles, and by His Grace and Spirit, they became the foundation of His mighty Kingdom. That is a wonderful reminder each day here at Good News at Noon. God is purposely choosing to send us diverse members for our own little community. It is to our mutual benefit that we love each and every one of them as Jesus has loved us. They may not stay long in our community, but we make every effort to prepare them for the eternal Kingdom community to come while they are here.
Community Life Is a Challenging Life
At times, our best plans do not unfold in the way we hope. Recently we welcomed a Celebrate Recovery group to the evening service and also had a special meal planned.
For a variety of reasons the group meeting was repeatedly interrupted by people entering and exiting the room. There was a toddler in attendance and attendees who would rather be sleeping.
The meal, although delicious, was inexplicably late being plated.
All of this happens from time-to-time. What doesn’t happen frequently is what happened toward the end of the meal. A young woman, upon realizing something of hers had been stolen, began to yell, scream and accuse others. As her ire increased so did the volume of her words. Because of this one woman asked if she could have her meal to-go; she was too upset to eat. Another person determined it was a perfect time to ask for a backpack. Another lost his keys and couldn’t get into his truck. In the midst of this, we had a guest attempting to catch some of our cats (we are thankful that she is having them spayed and neutered). Where some see chaos, we see a challenge. Not a challenge that we face alone, but we face it with the mighty power of God. About 30 minutes later, the young woman had settled down, but was still understandably upset. Although sometimes difficult, she is a precious child of God. After she left, I saw a Bible sitting on the counter. Her name was written inside. This morning she returned for her Bible which is clearly important to her.
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Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.
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