Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
The Name Game
What's something that everyone likes to hear when you do something for someone? Thanks! Right?
"Thanks for taking out the trash."
"Thanks for doing the dishes."
"Thanks for watching baby sister."
There's never enough thanks for your hard work!!!!
That's how I feel about the wonderful people who take care of us at the church. We have people who work every day to make sure that we are able to have our services, have great food, clean up after our little messes, make sure there's plenty of toilet paper to waste, and so much more! I wish there was something we could do to show just how much we appreciate them - and I know you all do, because you show up every week and enjoy the clean floors, the clean bathrooms, the clean tables, and everything else we tend to clutter up.
With that being said, let's say thanks this week.
Thanks to Pastor Tom for being our shephard and leading the flock, allowing us to have G-Force services and supporting our every silly game, laughing when we get to loud, checking in on us when we're too quiet and praying without ceasing for each and every one of us. Thanks to Sis. Angela for her help wherever it's needed, with music, food, transportation, cleaning, and everything else.
Thank you Sis. Park and Sis. Cynthia for cleaning up our messes, and still loving us in the process! We know we tend to be messy, but we're working to be better.
Thank you Bro. Mike, Bro. Billy, and Bro. Jim for supporting us and leading us as leaders in the congregation. As Pastor's board, we know that you work hard to make sure that things flow smoothly and you occasionally overlook our mistakes and still love us unconditionally. Thank you for the last minute deliveries of food, the donations, the supplies, and everything else you make sure we have. We will try to behave.
Thank you moms and dads for letting us come, letting us go, letting us do and letting us be. We have fun together and want you to know that we really are learning too.
Don't forget to say thanks to the special people around you every day who work hard to make sure that you have the best of the best!
Have you ever forgotten someone's name or something you're supposed to know about them?
I just watched the most hilarious thing I've seen in a long time! You guys are in school, so you don't know about them, but Regis and Kelly are so great - and so cute as a team. Anyways, Regis is retiring, so they played a clip called The Name Game, where they showed all of the humiliating times that Regis mispronounced a name or completely got the name wrong. Bless his heart, I know the feeling!! The clips went on and on and on and...well, you get the picture. On one clip Kelly asked Regis if he has ever called somebody the wrong name for a whole day - oops!
In Matthew 16, Jesus played The Name Game with his 12 friends. He wanted to know just how popular He was with the crowds and whose name they were calling out when they were shouting His praises. One of the guys threw out there that they call Him Elijah, you know, the guy who went to heaven in a tornado. Another guy throws in that He's John the Baptist, who was really His cousin. I guess they believed in zombies back then too... A couple of the other guys said, "You know, they really think you're one of the prophets." I don't know how He felt, but I'm pretty sure I'd be discouraged to hear everyone calling me by the wrong name - especially if I did all the cool stuff He did. I'd want them to at least get the name right, since they weren't taking me to the Sizzler for Sunday lunch! Finally, Jesus' best friend speaks up. "You're the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God." (Matthew 16:16, The Message)
The aha! moment finally came! Jesus' eyes got huge, probably even swelled up a little like He would cry. He ran over to His best friend, hugged him tight and said, "Thank you! You didn't know this!!! My Daddy told you this - you couldn't know it on your own!"
Are you living up to your name or are people confused? When was the last time someone asked a friend of yours, "Isn't she/he a Christian?" Have we lived a life pointing to God or are we just taking the name for convenience? There are a few times in the Bible that we see God changed names to prove life changes - He did it in you too. Live up to the name so that it's not confused.
When it comes to Christmas, I think of the presents, the food, the music and cool movies that only come out once a year. We all do, right? I mean, what's better than cramming a house full of delicious candies and cakes, pies and ham and then gathering around the tree that's spilling over with presents?!?
As we approach this Christmas, though, my thoughts are turning more toward the words and meanings that are associated with the holiday.
Christmas, a time to celebrate Jesus' birthday, give thanks to God for His Son, has become more of a hastle than a time of joy and peace. We worry about who we have to buy presents for, what we're going to do, how we're going to juggle our schedules, when we're going to get done, where we're going to rest our head each night. Why not stop and thank God every day just for being so amazing?
As we hurry the next 23 days along, I challenge you to stop for just five minutes and enjoy the breath that God has put in your lungs and His presence that surrounds you. This is a time of happiness.