Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thankful for Lessons LIke This

What am I thankful for?  Lessons like this one.

A few years ago, I was on a mission trip to Mexico with a group of affluent teenagers from the Dallas area.  When we arrived in the village where we were building houses for families, one of our kids said, "These people have nothing.  I am such a spoiled brat!"  She later expressed to me how thankful she was for all she had back home.  

She was beginning to learn something.  The stuff we call "a blessing" is often nothing more than just stuff.  She was about to discover that while stuff is neither good nor bad, the value we place in it, is. 

By the end of the trip, she came to me with an entirely different attitude.  She told me that she no longer felt thankful for all that she had back home.  Her precise words expressing how she felt about all she had? "I am disgusted by it!"  

The veil had been lifted for her.  And through her words, it was lifted for me as well.  This 17 year old girl teaching her pastor a lesson of inestimable value. For lessons like this, let us be truly thankful.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

To Die is to Gain

Every time I grow in my understanding of the way of Jesus, I first have to leave behind some limited, corrupt or misguided idea about my faith.  So for me to grow, something about what I believe must first die.  Could it be that some of my doubts and uncertainties about my faith are not the attacks of the enemy, but are instead Spirit-led works of grace trying to prepare me for the wonderful experience of new growth?!  Mt 10:34-39  For some reason, this passage  inspired this post.  You can make your own connections.