May 7, 2014
We are in pursuit of Life, Liberty and Wisdom around Whitewater these days. How are you doing with The Proverbs Challenge? For the next 31 days, we are asking you to read one chapter of the book of Proverbs every day and pick one verse from each chapter to meditate on daily. Several of our members are doing this in creative ways. One of our retired school teachers posted different Proverbs on the walls of her classroom (as well as hung them from the ceiling with fishing line) for her students to see/remember. Another member has them on her car dash. If you accept the challenge, I guarantee that God will make you wiser and happier over the next 31 days.
Another way to grow wiser is to attend the North American Christian Convention this summer. I referenced this convention in a weekend message not long ago. It is an annual gathering of Christians from all over the world for preaching, worship, workshops, and connecting. It is in Indianapolis this July and would be worth the trip, even if for just 1 day. They have some awesome speakers lined up. I plan to go.
We ALWAYS grow wiser by serving, too. Are you serving yet at Whitewater? Don’t think someone else will do it. In fact, I heard this week that Someone Else passed away! Here was the obituary I read.
The Passing of Someone Else
The church was bowed in grief this week to learn that one of our most valuable members, Someone Else, passed away. This death creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Someone Else has been with us for many years. During all these years, he did far more than a normal person’s share of the work. Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results.
Whenever there was a job to do – a class to teach, or a meeting to attend – one name was on everyone’s list: “Let Someone Else do it.”
Someone Else was also among the largest givers of the church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed that Someone Else would make up the difference.
This beloved church member was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing super-human; but a person can only do so much. Everybody expected too much of Someone Else.
Now Someone Else is gone. Who will pitch in to do the things that Someone Else has done? If you are asked to take a job in the church, we hope you won’t reply, “Let Someone Else do it.” Now we need you to pick up where Someone Else left off.
Perry Noble (one of my hero preachers down in South Carolina) recently wrote this:
“Would you like to be a GREAT spouse (or future spouse), co-worker, friend or anything else you can think of? Jesus told us how, “…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant. (Matthew 20:26)
If we want to be great…we need to serve! What does this look like?
S = Seek out opportunities to do good for others without expecting ANYTHING in return. (If we do things for someone because we expect something in return, then it is not serving, it’s selfishness!)
E = Eliminate the mindset that, “it’s all about me!”
R = Remember the example that JESUS Himself set for us (John 13:1-17) and why He said He came (Matthew 20:28).
V = Value the fact that as we seek to serve others (and not take from them) then we are becoming more like Jesus.
E = Embrace the fact the church will reach way more people in this world through serving them rather than screaming at them. (This is SO true in EVERY relationship…if you want to be a GREAT spouse, don’t scream at your spouse about what you perceive to be their inadequacies, SERVE them to the best of your ability! It WILL change things!)”
Well said Perry! Isn’t it about time you started serving at Whitewater (and not just consuming)? Summer is the perfect time to begin. Training nights are available every month.
Speaking of serving, I have received the resignation of staff member David Glenzer, who has been serving as our Director of Facilities. His last day will be May 17. As you know, it is our practice/policy not to discuss specific details for staff resignations. We are putting together an interim facilities plan as we begin the process of finding someone for this position (so facility volunteers are very much needed/appreciated). Please be in prayer for David and wife Carol, as he transitions off our staff and we work to cover mission critical facility areas. The job description for the Facilities Director position will soon be posted on our website for any qualified people interested in applying.
See you this weekend for Mother’s Day weekend and Wisdom about Parenting. My voice has returned, and I look forward to sharing this message with you.
P.S. On Sunday, May 18, there will be a Bob Haas Memorial Bench Dedication to celebrate his life and love for children. Families can meet at the Whitewater Playground at 11:10am for a short ceremony.