August 20, 2019
This past Saturday we had our annual Mud Party. We’ve done this for many years, rewarding accomplishing the goal of drilling a well in Haiti. It’s amazing how a simple task of creating mud, making a slip and slide, and enjoying ice cream can change minds and attitudes of all of us. It can help to remind us what is important and how we can make a difference in other people’s lives. For myself as I listen to others visiting, watching people eating ice cream, and having a great time I was blessed beyond measure. Thanks to everyone who came and those that have given money to support drilling the well in Haiti.
This past Sunday we talked about teaching and learning. As Lisa and April shared (It All Matters) about the learning cycle and when it begins, it was a tremendous reminder to me of the importance of taking time to teach, which means I must also be learning. We live in a world today with hatred, selfishness, self-centeredness, violence, and not a lot of care for those around us. It all starts at home. It means that parents take the time to love their children and out of that love they teach them. In our homes we help our children understand healthy parameters. There are consequences to our choices. There’s a cost to all of our decisions. When we spend the time to do that with our children, we have adults who we want to be with and around. We have adults who care for more than just themselves. We have adults who make the world a better place. As Deuteronomy 6 says it starts with loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and strength. And as Jesus added to that it is to love our neighbor as our self. We teach it to our children as we walk along the road, as we sit down, as we lie down, and as we get up. We tie it on the doorframes of our houses, and we make it a part of our being so that it’s not only heard but observed as well.
This coming week we will be looking at Luke 9. The last part of the chapter talks about our attitudes. The disciples were asking the question of who will be the greatest. Questions that we often ask today include is what I’m doing making a difference and will I get credit for it, is my work better than yours so I get better recognition, will a building be named after me? So, as you read this passage about who is the greatest and then it ends with the cost of being a disciple, we get the idea that our reward is out of this world. Having said all that, it’s also a reminder to all of us that we still need to do our part of recognizing those around us.
Here at North Clinton we have a tremendous number of volunteers who make the wheel go around. There are way too many people to start naming names. However, I’d like to mention two, who have made a big difference of the life of North Clinton. In 1959 North Clinton was started as an outreach of West Clinton to make a difference in Wauseon. At that time Olen and Sarah Nofziger were put into the leadership position here at North Clinton. Through the heartache of losing a son and many challenges they faced, they modeled giving of oneself. Their attitude was the beginning of our mission statement “that all may come to know and experience the fullness of Jesus Christ.” There are many persons who partnered with them from the beginning and some of them are still involved today. I personally want to say thank you for the vision that all of you have and the willingness to invest yourselves into our community to make a difference. My prayer today is that all of us continue to see the importance and value of investing ourselves “that all may come to know and experience the fullness of Jesus Christ”.
Have an awesome day!