Living Beyond Ourselves!

4 02 2009

Once again I have been reminded of the real purpose in life…and rather than living to get what we can out of it, it’s all about living to give what we can to bless the lives of others. I can think of no one who better modeled this than Jesus himself. He was completely “Others-centered”.

Today I had the joy of giving a few hours of my time with a couple other men to serve one of the families in our church. When we arrived at the home, we recognized a family desperate for God to minister to them – through us. There needs were simple (cleaning up the leaves in their backyard, cleaning out their gutters, repairing a few small mechanical items in their home, etc.). And even though they were relatively simple jobs – what it meant to the family we will probably never know.

Here’s the thing – what took very little money, time and energy went a long way to strengthen, encourage and bless an entire family. This was what I would call the “Jesus Way”! Taking little and making much out of it. It can be seen in the story of the little boy with a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread. A little which was shared and bless the multitudes.

So I conclude with this question to you. What have you given lately to put someone else before yourself? What do you possess which others are desperate to receive? Is it your time, your talent or your treasure?

Whatever it may be…take the time to offer it “unto the Lord” and see the difference you little can make in the life of someone else.

Isn’t it time to try living beyond ourselves?

Re-Thinking Our Approach

14 11 2008

Have you ever noticed how the church seems to operate on a totally different level than the rest of the “Real World?” Now, before you get a little hot under the collar – let me explain what I’m talking about. Sometimes it seems as if the church just does things without really thinking things through. For instance, we have catch phrases that we us which no one except churched people would ever understand. It’s like we have these code words that are expected and if you don’t know them code word – then somehow you are kept on the outside of “Church Life”. Or, maybe it’s the songs we EXPECT everyone to know – and yet profess to be concerned with reaching those outside of the “Christian Faith.” And yet, by expecting everyone to know our songs…we somehow push the very people we long to reach further away. Well, I am not suggesting that we throw out our traditions — just that we share them in a better way.

Just today a friend sent me a video about such things — and though it is a bit extreme in it’s opinions, it sure gets a message across. Maybe it’s time we (as the church) rethink how we promote Jesus and adjust our approach to better connect with those who need Him most. Just a thought. Hope the clip below makes you simle, laugh and maybe think at the same time. Enjoy!