I have spoken many times before with people that believe they have absolutely nothing in their life to be thankful for. You probably see these people also in your daily life. Their symptoms often will include constant criticality and negativity, wanting others to be as miserable as they are. When doing outreach we seem to encounter this a lot. Come to think of it, I've been this way. But something that has rejuvenated me is looking all the time to the overabundance of things God has lavished on me that I don't deserve (even in the midst of struggle) - life with a purpose, eternal life, Jesus, an incredible family, the list is very long. Framing up your heart to constantly show humble gratitude to God changes your outlook on everything. The great thing about this is that OTHER PEOPLE will certainly notice your attitude of gratitude and want to know what's going on with you. They call this evangelism. Please consider becoming part of a Rescue Team - Mondays, 6:15 PM @ Watered Gardens! Because His Grace Is Amazing, Matt M.
Many of you would agree that you have enough of your own problems. The last thing you need is for someone to give you just one more problem. Especially something they should just take care of themself. Right? This week while out and about on outreach we were told of a man who had been sleeping in a car. Interestingly, the car had been parking in an affluent neighborhood. After speaking with the man's family we learned that his and his family's situation was complicated, difficult, and sad. But, when we arrived at the neighborhood we were greeted by a neighbor, happy to see us, believing that we were there to ensure their "problem" didn't return as if we were pest control. The neighbor was adamant that their neighborhood didn't need "that sort of person". Probably the most difficult thing to do these days is taking the time to sincerely understand other people's problems and doing what you can to help - not just try to get rid of or avoid them. This is what Christ did and what He would have us do. Please consider becoming part of a Rescue Team - Mondays, 6:15 PM @ Watered Gardens! Because His Grace Is Amazing, Matt M.
Lonely or Alone? I've heard these words thrown around a lot over the last month of social isolation, quarantining, and social distancing. Routines have changed, mine included. I haven't seen the FORGE group or been out on a Monday night outreach for a while. I've been teleworking from home and have only briefly seen co-workers via video chats. The media tells us that we are all very lonely. While we may not have been able to help the state of being alone, we NEVER have to feel the feeling of loneliness. We have an omnipresent God that has been here the whole time and recently for many, has carved out extra time in our schedules to be with Him each day during these times. God has never left you alone and never will. Spend time with Him to cure any feelings of loneliness. He is excited to talk with you. Please consider becoming part of a Rescue Team - Mondays, 6:15 PM @ Watered Gardens! STARTING UP AGAIN MAY 11! Because His Grace Is Amazing, Matt M.