Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A toast to ... boasting

I read an interesting verse this morning. Paul is speaking to the church in Corinth, when he says that one of his goals is ...

     "that on the day of the Lord Jesus,
     you will boast of us as we boast 
     of you." (II Corinthians 1:14) 

Last Sunday, Dave and I were in Minneapolis for the commissioning service of one of our young WorldVenture missionaries, (J and S) who are soon to begin their ministry in Europe.

It was a beautiful and encouraging morning, and as I read this verse, I realized this is exactly what they did.

Friends, family and ministry partners had come together from different parts of the world to boast about this young couple:

     *the man who had led J to Christ

     *the couple who took J on his first mission

     *the pastor and his wife who mentored
       J and S

     *a pastor from Europe who thanked them
       for years of ministry through short term

Nine different participants, joyfully boasting. It was a beautiful thing.

Then, J and S spoke, also boasting of God's goodness to them through those in this church and their home church in Washington ... all the people God had used to prepare them for this moment.

I was glad it was Dave that was speaking that morning and not me, because I found myself very tearful ... because there is so much joy when the Body of Christ "boasts in each other."

Not ... comparing, putting down, gossiping, complaining, but ... boasting.

I want to invest in people in such a way that in the day of the Lord's return, we can boast in each other.

And, I want to boast in the many people that have invested in me.

How are you doing at ... boasting?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

For Everything There is a Season (especially if you are a Christmas advertisement)

Last Tuesday, I was taking a short lunch break in front of the television. While enjoying my pb&j, I was surprised to hear Christmas music during a K-mart advertisement.

It was even a cute ad ... a giant gingerbread cookie sneaking up on a woman working on her computer, with the words, "don't let Christmas sneak up on you."

And, I saw Christmas decorations at Costco.

Really, retailers, have you not read Ecclesiates 1:3?
"For everything there is a season."

One year, (while we still lived in Minneapolis) I noticed late in November, that Williams-Sonoma was beautifully decorated in fall colors. (who doesn't love an orange KitchenAid?)
I found it so refreshing, when the rest of the mall had long been decked out for Christmas, that I went in and asked to speak to the manager.

All set for a customer complaint, she smiled when I said, "Thank you for decorating for the season. The fall colors and Thanksgiving decorations are so beautiful."

"For everything there is a season."

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