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“Sorry seems to be the hardest word”

Have truer words ever been sung or spoken?  We either ignore our poor behavior or we awkwardly try to explain it away.  To take responsibility for our actions seems to be a lost art.  We look for someone else to blame or we easily dismiss as miniscule the feelings of others.

After all, they brought it on themselves.

Why would someone be upset over that?

I only said what everyone else was thinking.

I was just telling them the truth.

When we have offended someone or hurt someone’s feelings and dismiss their response as trivial, we loudly proclaim that people have little value.  So

Kids say:

“Sorry” to their sibling as they shrug their shoulders and go on to the next thing

“just kidding”

“I didn’t mean it.”

“I was joking.”

“It wouldn’t have happened if you didn’t _____________ first.”

Adults say:

“If you hadn’t _________, then I wouldn’t have had to  _____________.”

“Who’s sorry now?”

“It is what it is.”  Whatever that means.

“I’m sorry IF I . . . “

“I’ve had bad feelings towards you, because I THOUGHT you had _____________.”

Why do we think so little of each other that we can’t say “I’m sorry.  I didn’t mean to hurt you.”

or even “I know this may hurt, and I’m sorry.  You need to know.”

“I care about you.  I’m sorry.”

or do we use the words “I’m sorry” in place of “I was so terribly wrong.  I never should have . . . Can you forgive me?”

Maybe “I’m sorry” is the place to begin to heal the brokenness in ourselves, and somehow others are healed too.  How hard can it be?

Maybe the fear of not being forgiven for the pain we cause is what makes saying “I’m sorry” so hard.

or could it be our unwillingness to forgive others when they bring pain into our lives?

Can’t we all just get along and love one another?

John 13:34-35

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

I Peter 4:8 ESV

God is love.  He loves you.

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Steve Jobs died yesterday.  He made his “ding” in the world (one of his quotes).  It was interesting to watch Facebook posts and see the comments made about Steve Jobs whether they were in appreciation for his contribution to the digital world, prayers for his family, or people who had no idea who Steve Jobs was.

Who are the people who have changed the world?  How?

Do we acknowledge their contribution or even know of their contribution?

Is history important to our understanding of life?

Who are the people who have changed your world?  How?

Do we show appreciation to those who have altered our personal world?

What about the people who have changed our world in ways that may not be positive?

How do we process their contributions in our lives?

Can we look in the rearview mirror and acknowledge the growth in our lives beyond the hurt at a point in time?

Whose worlds have we altered?  How?

“All that matters is your faith that makes you love others.” (Galatians 5:6 CEV)

How are you doing at loving others?

Remember:  you are changing their world.

It can be an “. . . or is it kind” of moment

as we demonstrate our faith by loving others.

Yes, it will definitely make you peculiar.

And you will be changed…

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Traveling Together

Tomorrow we begin a new series in INCREASE on Sundays (ministry to grades 1-4) called “INTERSTATE 4 one another.”  The first lesson is on traveling together.  When I think of travel experiences that I have had with other people, I look back and laugh and sometimes groan in agony.

Traveling together can bring out the worst in people and can also be a delightful experience as you journey to a new destination.  Unfortunately we typically remember the bad elements of traveling together.  Friendships can be ruined when people travel together.  New friendships are formed when you meet others who are traveling with you.  I always consider it an amazing compliment when people want to travel with my family again.

When you travel, you must always expect the unexpected.  What comes as a surprise is seeing how your travel companions deal with the unexpected?  Who knew that they would respond in that manner?

We certainly struggle with traveling together in this life.

Why is it so difficult for people to be kind and loving towards one another?

Is it too hard?

Are we too lazy to make the effort to get along?

Do we decide that it’s just not worth the effort?

Are people in our lives not worth the effort?

That vice of sloth keeps rearing its ugly head.

May your travels take you to worship with God’s children tomorrow.

Love God and love others (including your enemies) well and deeply.

It’s called living life to the fullest.

It also makes your enemies wonder what you are up to.

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East Side Church of God, Anderson partnered with Change this World to feed hungry kids.  East Side raised $13,900 through t-shirt sales, dimes collected in water bottles, quarters collected in M&Ms tubes, and offerings in order to pack 50,000 meals that are headed to Uganda and Haiti.

Today hundreds of people participated in packing the meals from the very young to the very mature and lots in between.  Everyone working together and changing this world.  What a great day!  Worship services also included a challenge to give to missions around the world to share the gospel as we support missionaries and missions efforts around the world.

 

Amazing HeartBeat (preteen ministry) director and her faithful helper (and hubby)!  They led their kids in collecting quarters for Change this World as well as packing meals today.
The HeartBeat (5th and 6th graders) Packing Team!
Our Youngest Packer!
Packaged Meals
Boxes packed with meals!  Ready to ship to Uganda and Haiti!
50,000 meals – This world has been changed!
This is one element in East Side’s sharing God’s love with the world.
Seeking his kingdom first!

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You can change the life of a child forever. By sponsoring children through Children of Promise, you provide them with food, education, basic medical care, and spiritual nurture. There is a child waiting who needs your love, prayers, and support right now.

Children of Promise is the Church of God child sponsorship program. All assistance to the children is through local Church of God ministries in each country. Experience the satisfaction that comes from knowing you’re making a tremendous difference in the life of a child.

(taken from Children of Promise website)

I am impressed with this sponsorship program.  I spoke with a volunteer from Children of Promise, and this is a great partnership between a child, their family, and the local church.

Our Kids with Heart Ministry sponsors two children.  I think it is probably a good time for me to “add” some kids to our family.

Anyone else want to join me and change the life of a child forever?

In kids’ lives, we might be tempted to say “it is what it is” but in this instance, you can be the ” . . . or is it?”

What difference can you make in the life of a child?

you can give to a child

the opportunity to survive because a child has food and medical care

the opportunity to go to school and become someone who changes the entire world

the opportunity to share a story of God’s love

the opportunity to live life to the fullest

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Where are you?

 

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you.

You have to go to them sometimes.”

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh is definitely not an “it is what it is” kind of character.

Who do you need to go find?

 

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God Is For Us

 

loving us

wanting the best for us

teaching us

holding us

creating a beautiful world for us

sharing his world with us

God is for us.

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