St. Paul Thoughts
Lesson 4: Working Together
Lesson 4: Working Together

David Mullens • June 26, 2019

Strengths / Weaknesses


Two months ago I started listing some of the lessons I’ve learned from the Amazing Race. The first lesson was, “Nobody is Good at Everything.” There have been some pretty amazing participants on the Amazing Race; Ph.Ds, Scholars, Doctors, Nurses, Military, Moms, Dads, grandparents, pastors, musicians and even a couple of homeless dancers. The diversity of the participants is impressive.


Some individuals were more talented than others. They were strong, smart, and able to do challenges quickly. However, even the best of the racers, at some point, would run into trouble and struggle because no one is good at everything. We all have strengths. We all have weaknesses.


The best teams were the ones who were able to match their skills and strengths with the task at hand. Sometimes teams weren’t’ able to do this because the task’s description (called Roadblocks on the Amazing Race) was vague, making it hard to know exactly what skills were needed. If the team was able to match the task with the strengths of the right teammate, that team would finish the task quickly and be able to continue the race.


We are A Team


As a community of faith, God has gathered us together like a team. The Apostle Paul referred to the community of faith as the body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12). He writes that just like a body, there are different parts of the Body of Christ. He observes that a body has two eyes, a nose, a mouth, and other parts. The body is not just one big mouth (even though sometimes it might seem that way) or a single foot.


God, in his wisdom, has created us with different body parts for different tasks. Paul tells us that the foot can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The hand can’t say to the foot, “You aren’t important.” The body needs different parts to fulfill the task. Each part has strengths. Each part has weaknesses. Together, the parts form a great effective team.


Great Teams


Great teams understand the strengths and weaknesses of the individual players. Great teams understand that they need each other. While we might focus on a basketball point guard, a football quarterback, or a soccer forward, individuals can’t succeed without the other players. On a team, the players need each other. On a team, everyone is important.


We need each other too. Nobody is good at everything but everyone has something to offer. Paul writes that God, through the Holy Spirit, gives us spiritual gifts. Some may be tempted to say that one gift is better than another, but Paul says that isn’t the case. There are no unimportant gifts.


God has assembled the parts so that we might be able to fulfill his mission.


Since no one is good at everything but everyone is good at something, our task is to come together, allowing God to assemble us as he desires. Some of us are good at connecting with people, some are good at teaching, at speaking, praying, or seeing needs and jumping in to help.


Since no one is good at everything and everyone is good at something, we need each other. The part you play is an important one. Without you, we will never be able to fulfill God’s mission.


Playing Your Part


So, what is your next step? What are you good at? Do you know? If not, perhaps your next step is to discover your gifts and passions. If you are ready to take that step, let me know. I’d love to help!


Perhaps you know what your gifts are and what you are good at. Perhaps your next step is to find a place, jump in, and help the other teammates fulfill God’s mission!


Peace, David.



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The Amazing Life
The Amazing Life

David Mullens • May 30, 2019

Pastor's June Newsletter Article - Amazing Race Part 2


Last month I shared a few life lessons I learned through the Amazing Race:


1) Nobody is Good at Everything

2) Not Everything is Amazing.


Here is another one:


Lesson Three - The Joy of Now.


Since the prize for winning the Amazing Race is a million dollars, many participants focus on what winning the money will mean for their lives. Money has always been a strong motivator and for most of the teams, they have their eyes fixed on the funds. When they struggle with a task, they may say, "Remember, this is for a million dollars." The thought of winning a million dollars gives them a reason to give the task all their energy.


Racers will even tell taxi drivers, "Drive faster. We are in a race for a million dollars" thinking it will motivate the taxi drivers. Of course, the taxi driver won't be winning a million dollars. Even though his passengers may win the money, the taxi driver only gets the fare and, hopefully, a tip. I always wonder how much the taxi driver is motivated to break local traffic laws because those riding in the cab are in a race for a million dollars.


Surprisingly, not everyone on the Amazing Race is focused on the money. One participant's main motivation didn't seem to be the money. As a Ph.D. student, she wasn't rich. I'm sure she would have loved to win the million dollars, but the money didn't seem to be her main motivation. Nevertheless, instead of focusing on money, she focused on the experience of traveling around the world and how her experience on the Race brought her joy.


At the end of each leg of the race, she would literally run around in circles amazed and excited at where she found herself. While many of the racers focused on the future potential of winning a million dollars, her eyes were fixed on the incredible now never losing sight of the amazing world she found herself in.


She understood how fortunate she was. By seeing the joy of now, she didn't need to focus on the money. Of course, the money would be great, but she knew her experience was worth even more. She didn't need to win because, in her mind, she already had.


How different would life be if instead of focusing on what we have or what we hope to get, we see how amazing life is? Getting caught up in future goals may cause us to miss the gift of now. How many parents have taken on extra work in order to buy the best things for their kids, only to discover their kids really wanted them more than anything else? How many couples have strained and toiled trying to get everything they dreamed of only to find they forfeited everything that truly mattered?


When we go through tough times, life may not look all that amazing. Our challenges seem bigger than life itself. Maya taught me that it is possible to see beyond my challenges. She taught me that if I stop and take time to look around, I might be amazed at what I see. Even in the midst of challenges, God blesses and God loves. God is not absent in the good times and he certainly isn't absent during bad times.


Who knows? If we choose to strive less, take time to stop, look around, and appreciate God's handiwork and blessings, we too may realize how amazing life truly is and how blessed we are.


May you find joy on this Amazing Race!


Peace,


David



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Amazing Race Life Lessons
Amazing Race Life Lessons

David Mullens • May 01, 2019

Amazing Life Lessons


I've mentioned that my wife and I are watching old seasons of the Amazing Race. Since Season 31 of the Amazing Race is beginning, I thought I'd share what some “Amazing Life Lessons” I’ve learned by watching the show. I’ve learned so much, that I plan on continuing this list through the summer.


Lesson One: Nobody is Good at Everything


There are people who are blessed with strength, wisdom, speed, and qualities that make them perfect contestants for the Amazing Race. They have skills, abilities, and confidence. They KNOW that they will win, quite simply, because they are better than everyone else!


Their confidence grows stacking up win after win after win. They cruise through the tasks with barely breaking a sweat. They are confident for good reason. They are that good...and they know it!


Surprisingly, they would eventually run into a task or two or three where they would struggle and not do well. I hate to admit how I enjoyed watching them struggle. “Welcome to my world,” I would think, “where things don’t come easy and things are hard.” I would sit back as their confidence waned and they struggled just to not be eliminated.


The struggle was humbling, resulting in a new appreciation for the other competitors and the difficulty of the race. Their confidence was still alive but void of arrogance. No longer in the Superman or Superwoman role, they would realize how important and needed their teammate was. Such struggles taught them how much they needed others.


Good teams realize no one is good at everything. Some team members are good at physical tasks, some at mental tasks, some are good at directions. No one is good at everything. Even those team members who have a lot of strengths end up running into some task they aren’t good at.


Contestants who work together as teams are fun to watch. Entering the race as a team rather than individuals, they would maximize their strengths while managing their weaknesses, becoming more than the sum of their parts.


It’s unfortunate that so many neglect the power of teams and community. Instead of connecting with others, we may attempt to live life on our own. We may do well in most situations but there’s always something that will knock us down. The question is when life knocks us down, is there someone nearby who can pick us up?


The Amazing Life lesson: Find team members! Don’t try to do it alone. Ask for help. Life was not meant to be lived alone. Connect to others through worship and service. Those we connect with in worship and service are there for us. They love and care for us and pick us up when we need that. We don’t have to go at life alone. Let’s do life together!


Lesson Two: Not Everything is Amazing.


Even though the name of the show is the “Amazing” Race, some things are not amazing. Usually at some point during a leg of the race, some competitor will utter my favorite Amazing Race quote: “This is ridiculous.” I love it! I watch for it. I know it will happen!


While almost everyone who has been on the show talks about the amazing time, the beauty of everything, and the fantastic opportunity they had to visit multiple countries and have wonderful experiences, not everything was amazing or even fun. Tasks were hard and frustrating. Tears were shed. Sometimes they wanted to quit. Some participants didn't think they could do what they needed to do. They may have even wanted to quit.


Of all the seasons I’ve watched, I only remember one team quitting. The Race isn't about quitting, rather, it is about digging deep within and finding the strength to continue even when you don't think you can. You may not complete the Amazing Race by winning, but quitting doesn't usually happen. Everyone wants to end the race by giving their all.


At the end of the race, when contestants look back, they are able to appreciate their experiences. While they may not have been able to see how amazing things were as they were going through them, when they look back and consider everything they did and experienced, they understood how amazing it all was. What a great lesson for life!


Amazing Life Lesson: Not everything is amazing, including life! Some things are hard. We may want to give up and quit. Don't do it. Never quit. Never give up. God is faithful and if we are able to hang on we can discover just how amazing this life truly is. Our story isn't over. When we get to the end of the race, I hope we can all look back and say, "Wow. That was amazing!"


Peace,


David.


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Joy of the Lord
Joy of the Lord

David Mullens • April 01, 2019

As a kid, I remember singing the song "The Joy of the Lord is my Strength." As far as I can remember, that was the whole song. We would sing that same line over and over again. I've since discovered there are other lyrics and, if you really want to, it's easy to create more.

 

We could use that joy today. Some researchers and surveys suggest that America and other developed countries are not very happy. Even though we are the richest people ever to walk the face of the earth and have more opportunity and resources than ever before, we continue to get more and more depressed. All of the stuff we have doesn't bring us the joy of that simple childhood song.

 

While singing at VBS, I was unaware that the phrase, "The Joy of the Lord is your strength" is from the book of Nehemiah. For over 100 years the walls of Jerusalem were in disrepair. God sent Nehemiah to lead the people to repair the walls. In 52 days the wall was finished and the people of Jerusalem gathered to thank God and worship. Included in the worship was a six or seven hour reading of the law. You read that right. For six or seven hours people stood as the law was read.

 

As Ezra read, people started crying and weeping. Why did they cry? Perhaps standing for six or seven hours had something to do with it! I doubt it though. It could have been that hearing the requirements of the law reminded them how far they were from fulfilling the law. They may have been weeping because they saw God's goodness in light of their sin.

 

As they wept, Nehemiah told them, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (8:10) Nehemiah let the people know that this was a day to celebrate the goodness of God! Even though they knew they had broken the law, God's grace could fill them with joy and that joy would be their strength.

 

What might Nehemiah tell us today?

 

Maybe he would tell us the joy of the Lord is still our strength. While there are many things that can steal our happiness, the joy of the Lord can strengthen us. Sadly, this may not normally be the case.

 

What prevents us from having the joy of the Lord?

 

Could it be that we have lost God's joy because we believe that joy is found in other places? By pursuing wealth, pleasure, power, progress, success, comfort, and security have we actually forfeited what truly brings joy?

 

The joy of the Lord can still be our strength. As we take steps toward Jesus, deepening our discipleship and relationship with God, joy takes root and bursts forth. In God, through Jesus, we find Joy (with a capital J)!

 

Easter reminds us that death has been defeated and all things are new. Through him, we discover the Joy that only pursuing Jesus brings. May the Joy of Jesus and the Joy of Easter truly be your strength!

 

Peace,

 

David.

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If You Continue
If You Continue

David Mullens • February 27, 2019

A few weeks ago, the text for Sunday included John 8:31-32, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." I've had a hard time getting Jesus' statement out of my mind. As I look to Lent (which begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6th), I invite you to reflect on Jesus' words.


If you remember, Jesus had just told the religious leaders, "you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he" (John 8:29). Then we learn that many believed in him while he was talking (verse 30).


I would think that Jesus would be excited about his listeners believing in him. I wouldn't have been surprised if he stopped and thanked God for these new believers. He could have celebrated right there on the spot.


Verse 31 and 32 doesn't seem like much of a celebration. Instead, Jesus told the new believers that if they continued in his word, they would truly be his disciples. It seems to me that Jesus sees a vast difference between believers and disciples.


From time to time in John's Gospel, we read of people believing in Jesus. Sometimes this is after he has performed some miracle. After he fed the five thousand in the wilderness, people even wanted to make him king! Later, those same folks walked away because they couldn't take what he was saying. Seems like there is a big difference between believers and disciples.


Believers have self as the focus:


Those who believed in Jesus did so because they wanted what Jesus could provide. Perhaps it was healing or being fed. The believers had their needs met by Jesus and so believed in him. When things got tough or Jesus said something they didn't like, they left (See John 6:66).


Disciples focus on the mission of God:


Disciples, on the other hand, focus on God and God's kingdom. The reason why Jesus’ words were so important was because Jesus was in the habit of declaring what he heard from the Father (John 8:26). Disciples don't leave when things get tough or the word of God becomes hard (John 6:67-68). Instead, they double down on Jesus' word and dive deeper. As they do, they encounter the truth about themselves, God, what abundant life is, and how they fit into the mission of God. In discovering truth, they are free to live the abundant life Jesus came to give (John 10:10).


You are invited to discipleship! Lent invites us to deepen our disciples and create room in our lives for God's word.


There are many different practices you can do for Lent; focused prayer, fasting a favorite food or treat, or spending time in the Bible. During this Lent, I invite you to reflect on these words of Jesus and actively make room in your life for his word through intentional spiritual practices.


One practice you are invited to enter into is the practice to serve. There will be opportunities to serve through "Hey Neighbor" or perhaps serve the community through any of the wonderful local helping organizations.


During this time of Lent, you are invited to continue in Jesus word and truly be his disciple. May you live in his love and presence.


Peace,


David.

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What the World Needs Now....
What the World Needs Now....

David Mullens • January 31, 2019

Valentine's Day is coming! That day has been set aside so we can show our love to others. Over the years, I've learned a lot of about love. Some of what I've learned about love comes from songs on the radio. I thought I'd invite you to attempt to figure out the name of the song from what I've learned:


1) The Beatles told me that all I needed was love. (That was an easy one).


2) From Captain and Tennille, I learned of the staying power of love.


3) I discovered that Meat Loaf would do almost anything for love, but some things were off the table.  


4) Elvis let me know the overwhelming power of love.


5) The Partridge family reminded me that sometimes I might not be too sure about love.


6) When feeling unloved, Dean Martin let me know that no matter who you are, somebody loves you.


7) Tina Turner asked an important question about where love fit.


8) Sometimes love doesn't work out and Paul Simon taught me that there are many ways to leave someone you once loved.


9) Wings (Paul McCartney) let me know that some of these songs are just plain silly.


10)  Air Supply suggested that sometimes you have no love left to give.


Be the first one to email me the correct answers at david@stpaulbloomington.org and you may get some kind of prize! (Don't expect too much. I once gave out a coconut as a prize to a youth group member).


Through the years, there have been a lot of songs about love. I shudder to think that some of what I believe and think about love has been formed and informed by "silly" love songs. There are much better ways to learn about what love really is.

Scripture paints a beautiful picture of love. Answering Tina Turner's question about love, Scripture responds "love is the center of everything!"


Paul tells us that "love never ends" (1 Cor 13:8). Don't pass over his statement too quickly. Paul tells us that while everything else ends. Love remains.


If love is all that remains, why do we spend so much time focusing on those things that will end up passing away? Why spend our time, energy, and resources on things which are temporary? What should we give up, so we might focus on love?


As disciples, we seek to become people of love. The goal of a disciple of Jesus is to love others like Jesus has loved us (John 13:34). Jesus' love is abundant, unconditional, and giving. While that's a tall order, we are not alone. Jesus, through his Spirit, empowers us to love as he loves! We won't always get it right, but we continue to be perfected in love through Jesus' presence and power.


As we gather together as a community of love, we build up a "Love Shack" where others can come and experience the "Power of Love" through Jesus so they might get "Lost in Love", "Feel the Love Tonight", and every other night until they come face to face with the One who is the source of love! (arg...more love songs.)

May you be wrapped in the love of God through Jesus and share that love!


Peace,


David.



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Attention! 2019 is Here!
Attention! 2019 is Here!

David Mullens • January 01, 2019

You've made it. You've arrived.


Some of you never thought you'd make it to 2019, but you did. Great job! You can celebrate!


Even though it's a new year full of opportunities, I'm not going to mention resolutions. I've done that way too many times in the past.


Most people never keep their resolutions. If you made it through last year keeping the resolutions you made, you are one of the few. Most people don't even make it past January with unbroken resolutions.


So, I'm not going to suggest getting the old exercise bike out, purchasing a new gym membership, or throwing out all the food you love but know isn't good for you. I'm not going to give you a reading plan or encourage you to learn a new skill or hobby. No. Those are actions of resolutions.


Instead, I'm going to encourage you to ask a question. It's a simple question, but you'll have to pay attention.


I remember one person quipping, "I can't afford to pay attention." Some of us may feel that way. With all the things vying for our attention we may believe we simply can't pay attention. Not really. But what we pay attention to determines more of our lives than what we might believe.


We are formed by what we focus on and what we pay attention to.


When I pay attention to social media, I may become envious, jealous, or dissatisfied with my life. Research suggests we can even become depressed. If I focus my attention on what's wrong with my neighbors, my city, my church, and all that isn't right with the world and my life, I may become cynical. If I focus on what I don't have, I may become ungrateful and unappreciative and miss the joy coming from gratitude.


If I don't pay attention to what I pay attention to, well, it's hard telling where I will end up.


So, I'm not suggesting resolutions. Instead, I'm inviting you to pay attention to what you pay attention to. What has your focus? What has your attention? But those questions aren't THE question I want you to ask in 2019. Those questions are questions of discovery and realization. Instead, I hope you will ask a question of transformation.


The question I'm encouraging you to ask yourself is, "God, what do YOU want me to pay attention to?"  You may find some insight from Paul in Philippians 4 (I'll let you look that up yourself). Make sure to pay attention to what he says!


So, no resolutions this year. Instead, a question that just might transform your year and life.


Peace,


David.

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Our Amazing Race!
Our Amazing Race!

David Mullens • November 27, 2018

My wife and I have been watching old seasons of “The Amazing Race.” We started with season 1 and are now on season 12! Only 18 more seasons! 

 

When you watch that many seasons you notice things. I've noticed that one of the most used phrases by contestants on The Amazing Race is "This is ridiculous.” This phrase is muttered over and over again usually during some difficult task, such as looking for a needle in a haystack, slogging through mud, pushing some item up hill, or perhaps balancing something on their heads. The participant, having trouble with the task, in frustration says, “This is ridiculous. I’ve never done anything this hard” or something similar. 

 

Another very popular phrase usually comes at the end of the race whether teams lose or win. As they stand on the mat after finishing the leg, look at the host, Phil, and exclaim, "This was amazing!” The contestants then share how amazing their experience was and appreciation to have had the opportunity to see the world and be part of the competition.  

 

These two phrases, “This is ridiculous” and “That was amazing”, stand in contrast with each other. One reveals frustration, the other joy. One shows struggle, the other reflection. When teams are knee deep in mud or cold from the snow or rain, they lose sight of the wonder of being on the Amazing Race. Once the race is over they realize how special and wonderful it all was. 

 

I wonder if it is possible to be on the Amazing Race and not lose perspective. I wonder if it is possible to realize how amazing it is while trudging through difficult tasks. How would participants perspective change if they, even during the most daunting task, looked around, saw the beautiful scenery, and proclaimed, "This is all amazing!"? 

 

I wonder if realizing how amazing the race is even when facing "ridiculous" challenges would transform those challenges. I wonder if it is possible for the sense of amazement to redefine frustrating tasks and setbacks.  

 

I know what it is like to lose perspective. "This is ridiculous" is one of my go to phrases. There are times I believe tasks should be easier than what they are. I make plans that don't work out. I get stuck in traffic. I have a few minutes to do something and am met with tangled cords or can't find a tool I need. Sometimes I make plans and forget to account for something. Whether I’m stuck in traffic, attempting a difficult task, or just frustrated with how things are, I’ll bemoan my situation and may even say, "This is ridiculous". 

 

When the teams on Amazing Race focus on how "ridiculous" something is, they lose perspective of how amazing it all really is! Every time I say "This is ridiculous" I lose sight of how amazing life is. Amazing Race contestants say "this is ridiculous" during the race. When the race is over and they reflect on their experience they realize it was amazing. I wonder, when it is all over, when I’m finally sent to my permanent home, if I’ll look back and say…”that was amazing.” Perhaps it is hard to see how amazing life is when we are “in the moment of frustrations” Perhaps it is hard to know how precious and amazing life is unless we take time to really look around and reflect. 

 

Reflection brings perspective.  

 

We don’t have to go on TV to be on an Amazing Race. We are on it right now. What would happen if we could look up from all the frustrating and difficult things in life and realize, “Wow. This IS amazing”? What would happen if we stopped and prayed, thanking God for the opportunity to be on such an amazing journey? 

 

Advent can be a time when we become so focused on the task at hand that we miss out on the amazing season we are experiencing. We get caught up in the trees, tinsel, and gifts, while missing the beauty of a loving God coming into our world. We become frustrated untangling the lights and forget God has shined the light of his love into our lives! 

 

May you realize how amazing this season is and how amazing this race you are on is before it's over. May you not miss this Amazing Advent and Christmas! Celebrate! 

 

Peace, 

 

David.  

 

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Life On Our Terms
Life On Our Terms

David Mullens • November 07, 2018

In Discipleship (Reader Edition) Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, "The disobedient cannot believe; only the obedient believe."


Bonhoeffer's observation begs the question: Do we want to believe on our terms, or are we willing to believe on Jesus' terms?


Throughout the Gospel of John, Jesus invites people to believe, but he keeps running into resistance. The main resistance seems to be people's inability to accept Jesus on his terms. Instead, they want Jesus and they want to believe in Jesus, but they want to define what "belief" looks like.


Bonhoeffer observes that as long as we are disobedient (trying to follow Jesus on our own terms) we cannot believe. We may say we believe, but until we align our lives with Jesus' commands and will, we cannot really believe. Following our own directives only proves we believe in ourselves.


Belief is tough business. We try to make it easy. We think that if we come to church and say a prayer we have fulfilled all the requirements of belief. We get up from our prayer and leave the church only to follow what we think is right. We follow our own self-reflected directives, not the will of God.


For Jesus, belief results in a new life orientation. For Jesus, belief is about obedience. For Jesus, belief is following him on his terms, not our own. Belief is being open and receptive to God's directives and LIVING those daily. Scripture has plenty of directives to live by. Are we? Are we open and receptive to God? Do we allow prayerful reflection of his word to guide us? Do we even spend time in God's word praying and listening?


Believe is lived out in obedience.


Are you following Jesus on his terms? Until you do, you cannot believe.

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Thanksvember
Thanksvember

David Mullens • October 31, 2018

For most of my life, November was simply the month before December and after October which contained Thanksgiving. If you have lived in America for any time at all, you probably already know about the annual Thanksgiving celebration; food, family, and football. Oh, yea, giving thanks is part of the holiday too.


Even though I knew the day and date of Thanksgiving, it always seemed to sneak up on me! All of a sudden, it was time for Thanksgiving. Then, I felt rushed. We would cook a meal or go to a family member’s house, eat, talk, watch football, and then head home. The next day it was time to look toward Christmas!


Even as I was celebrating Thanksgiving, to be honest, I didn’t feel very thankful. Instead, I felt rushed and stressed. I would try to be thankful, but deep down I wasn’t. I knew I needed to find some way to cultivate thankfulness in my life, but a once a year celebration didn’t do it.


In general, I don’t have much trouble griping and complaining. I find that if I am griping and complaining about everything, it is impossible to be thankful. A poor, ungrateful attitude clouds and colors everything. Even on Thanksgiving, it is possible to eat turkey, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, and miss the joy of gratitude.


I realized that I needed more than one day to focus on giving Thanks, so I got rid of November and replaced it with Thanksvember, reminding me how much I have to be thankful for and how many ways God has blessed me. Instead of being Thankful one day, what if all of November was used to cultivating gratitude?


Through Thanksvember I’m discovering that the path to joy runs right smack through gratitude.


During this Thanksvember at St. Paul we will celebrate God’s goodness. We will continue to look at the Gospel of John, but within our Bible passages, I will lift up reasons to be thankful. We will also explore how we might respond to the goodness of God through stewardship.


Stewardship is how we respond to God’s goodness. In his goodness, God blesses us with many different gifts. He gives us our time, our talent, and our treasure. Being a good steward means we seek to use our time, talent, and treasure for God’s kingdom and purposes. We respond to God’s gifts by being good stewards of those gifts.


One day in Thanksvember you will be receiving a letter from me and an opportunity to respond to God through giving your treasure. While stewardship embraces our time, talent, and treasure, it is helpful for your community of faith leaders to know your intentions for the next year. I hope you will use this time as an opportunity to pray about your response and your stewardship for 2019.


If you find yourself griping and complaining, maybe celebrating Thanksvember can cultivate a grateful and thankful heart leading to joy!


Peace, David


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