Tuesday, March 13, 2012
God's working. So about 2 weekends ago we watched Courageous... it hit Adam hard. He told pastor he was ready to serve and get over his "grudge" over the crap that went down with running the sound. Stuff started happening at work, and he felt like ever since he said he was ready to serve, he is being tested - but his faith will not waiver. This weekend his boss called and told him his work van got broken into and he'd left a TV in it that got taken... they are supposed to bring any merchandise back in when they get back, but they were late getting back and Adam had to go to the chiro (and there were plenty of instances where they got back after the store was closed and couldn't take stuff inside...) Adam told his boss he'd help cover part of the loss, as he was responsible for the van. Come Monday he went in and they had a big meeting - the whole thing was a setup... his boss wanted them to be more responsible for the items in the van, but said he appreciated his willingness to help cover the loss, and that showed him a lot about his ethics... he also said they'd be trying to get them back before closing from now on to avoid having to leave items in the vans over night - which will cut down these extremely long hours (60 hour weeks) and take some stress off of Adam. Remember in the movie Courageous where they tell Havier they want to promote him but ask him to lie about incoming shipments? It was to test his ethics... they gave him the chance to think it over, and when he came in and said he couldn't lie, they gave him the job (and said that they had gone through this with SIX employees before him who didn't pass...) Clear to say after all that, I had chills running up my spine.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Great bible study last night. I love it when our class is able to pull away from the religion side of things and talk about the true way we should be spreading God's love... Sure we should be knowledgeable of our faith and even of science for the sake of truly understanding and being able to communicate both sides. But having that knowledge simply for the sake of argument is not Christ's way. Living our lives humbly and as Christ would - making a statement by our actions - is what we should be focused on the most. Gary told a story about how they were out eating one night as a group after a bang up performance of the He Touched Me passion play. There was about 30-40 of them... and in the restaurant a couple of tables over was a couple. One person in the He Touched Me group poked fun at a lady's weight at the other table. It was a quick comment, but made none the less. Gary went up the salad bar and was approached by a man who asked if they were from the play - Gary told him yes, asked him if he'd seen it, enjoyed it... the man said yes. Then he proceeded to say "I heard what you all said about that lady, and it wasn't nice..." OUCH. That ONE comment, made by ONE person effected the entire group. That one negative remark made all of them look like hypocrites, and it gave Christ a bad name. All of the hard work of what the passion play was intended to do - spread the love of God, was down the tubes to that man who saw one act of hate. As Christians, do we focus more on arguing our point to people through words, or do we focus on showing people Christ through loving actions? Does how we live our lives and act in places other than church portray the person we claim to be? James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”