With fall upon us we have added a new color scheme to our logo! Of course, half of you will hate it but your day is coming.
Why is it we jump to conclusions so quickly that are negative? When was the last time you remember a conversation where someone jumped to a conclusion and it was AWESOME? Probably can’t remember one ever unless it was just in jest. Our culture is obsessed with negativity, problems, woe is me, helpless situations, pity and despair. We all want someone to coddle us and tell us it’s going to be ok. We, maybe unconsciously, want things to go wrong so we can fix them and be the hero. I don’t have a clue, I’m not trained to answer these questions or understand them. I was a finance major. But,
I’ll give you a hint – FALL. Not the season, the situation.
Until we understand our situation, we can not have the right outlook or the right plan of action. We don’t really know where to turn for answers or comfort. We rely on the world. REALLY??? Think about that for a moment. We live in a culture that subconsciously beats us down all the time. Too fat, too short, too gray, too much, too little. Pick up a magazine at the store and look for reinforcement. Do you see it, or do you see what you don’t have?
The Beatitudes may be a strange place for encouragement but in Matthew chapter 5, Jesus tells us where our happiness rests…………..and it sounds weird. I challenge you to read it. Maybe read it 4 or 5 times. Read it aloud. Read it sitting outside, or sitting in your car. Read it early in the morning or late at night. Read it to your kids. Read it as a prayer. It just might start to make more sense than you think.
As we enter this season of fall where the trees begin to shed leaves and the earth bares itself in preparation for new growth in the spring, let us mimic this season and shed our troubles, our pains, our insecurities, our bravado and bear our souls to the creator who loves us so. Give Him the chance to rebuild you. And let us look less at ourselves and more at our neighbors.
Once again, not about building materials this week but building self and community! I think if we work on that, the rest will take care of itself.