Thank you. Thank whom? Thank You!

Mmmm. Can you smell Thanksgiving dinner yet? Can you hear the doorbell ringing, announcing the arrival of your family who traveled through busy airports and highways to be with you on this wonderful holiday? You can barely hear the football game over the din of the excited voices exclaiming how big so-and-so is getting, long hugs, “Oh my, you look great!”, the cluttering of baggage in the entry way.

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Are You Important?

Let’s have the Apostle Paul answer that one:

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ…

Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am only an ear and not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? Suppose the whole body were an eye—then how would you hear? Or if your whole body were just one big ear, how could you smell anything? 

But God made our bodies with many parts, and he has put each part just where he wants it. What a strange thing a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 

In fact, some of the parts that seem weakest and least important are really the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect from the eyes of others those parts that should not be seen, while other parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other equally. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 

Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:12, 14-27 NLT)

At the end of the month, at our annual Blast-Off BBQ, we’ll have a chance to see where God is working and decide where He would have us serve. What gifts do you have? Where are your passions? As a precious part of the body of Christ, you have an important part to fill. Will you?

What’s in a gift?

We just finished our birthday season. It begins (I like to think) in September, with my birthday. Then it goes month-to-month with 3 of my children, a two-month break after the new year and resumes with my first-born, and finally my wife in April. We have fun celebrations with family and friends and we always eat really well. Really well.

Many thoughtful, special, even needed gifts are given to the honored individual. Each of the gifts are given out of the resources of the person giving the gift. Almost an extension of who they are, what they have. Sometimes you can know who gave the gift just by looking at the wrapping, and sometimes the contents. Continue reading