From everything I have been reading and hearing lately I am beginning to learn the importance of being weak/humble when serving or being the messenger of God. A couple Sundays ago Pastor Brad began a series about grace and used this passage at some point in the message:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
I once read a history of the early church in which they described what they believed Paul may have looked like. Now growing up in church I had always heard about Paul and the great missionary that he was. Since he was such a great man I naturally imagined him as very charismatic, tall, and handsome. In much the same way that the western world has depicted Jesus in many films…that is, very western. But I remember being shocked at what I read in that book. They said that he was more than likely short, bald, and not so charming. I was amazed! Here was this great man that had changed the world but was never blessed with the physical characteristics of a great leader! So to me, this passage from Corinthians has a whole new meaning when I think of Paul. I think his physical attributes were probably one of his weaknesses (not to sound to shallow). But think about it, in our churches, as sad as it is, we know when beautiful people come in the door. They are usually greeted a little more and by more people than the not-so-pretty newcomers. I can just imagine that his physical stature did not help him much when he went to the synagogues to preach. He was probably largely ignored when he entered but God used him anyway! God could have used a beautiful tall person who attracted attention as soon as s/he walked into a building, but he didn’t. He would of appeared very weak in a room full of priests, but it was at those moments he was strong!
You use a search engine, right? Then try this… searchkindly.org. It is a search engine through Google (meaning that when you hit search your results are on a Google page) but it donates all advertisement revenue to charities! Now it is probably less than a penny every time you visit but I remember reading on there that if they can generate 1,000,000 page views a day that translates to $12,000 a day! The other great thing is that you can vote for which charity gets the money each month. I know in the past Compassion and Blood Water Mission (a Christian development organization affiliated with Jars of Clay) have won. This is just a really simple way to leverage technology for good, especially since it is something you do everyday anyway. So just check it out and see what you think.
Wow! I cannot believe we have been here a year already! Yet, when I slow down and think about everything that has happened it seems hard to believe that it has only been 12 months. I have learned so much about what it means to do outreach in a community that you truly believe God wants to be a part of. For anyone not familiar with how we impact our community here in Spring Hill then I recommend reading the book Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren. It is a paradigm shift in the way we approach evangelism and the community around us.
In honor of our year of service, Crosspoint is sending Amber and I to Disney for two days! We are excited and have already started planning out what we want to do. I think we narrowed it down to Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney one day, and Magic Kingdom and Epcot the next! With plenty of time in between to laze around the resort and pool. Thank you so much to Crosspoint and the staff for this surprise!
So as we enter our second year here in Florida, I will be signing on for another year as an intern. I will have more of a leadership role within the Outreach ministry and teach alongside Wayne during Outreach meetings. Amber has completed her intern service and is instead going to volunteer a few hour a week to help Wayne out in the office.
We are very thankful for everything God has shown us here so far and we look forward to everything He has for us this next year!