People say that a sound or smell can bring you back to a specific moment in your childhood. For me it was the sight of an old couch. Saw one a couple weeks back that looked so similar to the cream colored velvet one my parents used to have in the living room. Instantly, I was transported back in time to the day when my mom and dad sat me down and told me I was going to be “held back.” I knew what that meant. They didn’t have to explain anymore. Those words were enough. I knew, right then and there, I did not measure up...
When I started kindergarten for the second time, I vowed to never let that happen again. I pledged to myself I would work as hard as I could to get all the marks I needed to pass and move on. I did just that. I came right home from school and worked on my homework until it was complete. I woke up early to double check my homework and make sure everything was right. I did that in kindergarten. I did it through elementary, Jr. High, Senior High, college, and my post grad work. And that practice got me through it all. I made the marks. I measured up to the standards.
Hard work is good work, but for me there is a downside. I never stop to recognize and name the good things. No celebrations, ever. Just kept on working. In my mind I think, “I don’t have time to stop. If I do, I will fall behind and, then, will never get caught back up. Fail to measure up.” So I keep my head down and I push. I push hard all the time.
Over that last 18 months I have done the same thing with First United Presbyterian Church. I have pushed hard. I’ve pushed the elders, deacons, ushers, the Nominating Committee, the Mission Study Team and many more very hard. Pushed them to accomplish many great and wonderful things. The truth is I’ve pushed the church so hard we’ve never stopped to recognize and name the good happening in the church.
Stopping to recognize and name the good is one of the very first principles we read in the Bible. In Genesis chapter one God stops, recognizes, and names the good every single day. Every. Single. Day. If God stops to name the good then we ought to do it too.
Together, Session and I have taken up the practice of stopping, recognizing, and naming the good in the church amid our hard work. We did that at our meeting last month. We will do it again next month and every month from here on out. I invited you to do the same. To stop, recognize, and name the good happening in the life of the church. It’s easy to do and fits nicely into bedtime prayers.
Here is one good thing I’ve named. Over the last year or so, even when the pandemic was at its worst, we could still worship together as one body; brought together by technology, knit together by the Holy Spirit.
When you think of a good thing I hope you will consider sending me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or giving me a call (616) 490-1355 so that I can join you in celebrating all the good God has been up to in the church.
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If you have a question or comment relating to any FUPC ministry or program please contact an elder listed below:
Building & Grounds—Brad Kunz
Christian Education—Susie Benson
Evangelism—Mary Lee Muniz
New Members/Visitors—Lyle Hill
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