"The faithfulness of Friends"
Good morning everyone it's Tuesday morning and after spending a little time at the hospital with a church member I have found a few minutes to jot down a line or two.
I am so blessed to have a lot of people in my life and most of them if not all I can count as a friend.
However, I've learned something in the past few weeks that has bothered me.
So often we take for granted the friendship of those in our lives.
I for one have come to realize that in my own life.
Other than my immediate family the only people I can truly count on to help me get things done is my closest friends.
Yet I have been wearing them out around the church here in recent weeks and months and for that I am truly sorry.
Jesus talks about having a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Am I that kind of friend?
Would I be willing to go above and beyond the call for one of my friends like they have for me?
I would like to think so.
However, I need to start demonstrating that instead of thinking about it.
So for the next few weeks I am going to work hard to show my loyalty as a friend by not calling on my friends as much.
I am probably going to regret this but here goes.
Instead of me calling on you I want you to call on me.
Oh my goodness!!!
I plead guilty and am I'm not making excuses when I say this but here goes.
In a small church like ours there is a limited resource pool to pull from and I know immediately the ones that I can count on to get things done the right way.
However, after careful evaluation I am going to STOP taking advantage of the generosity of that select few.
I will figure out another way to get some things done and maybe others will step up to take the pressure off the limited few we have.
Well The Lord once again revealed His awesome presence in our worship service this past Sunday.
During the invitation a young boy came forward to give his heart and life to Jesus!
Hold on because it gets better.
For the first time in a long time we had an African American family worshipping us and after the service I noticed Mrs. Shirlyn Tiller had 2 of the kids at the altar praying with them and she brought them to the foyer to tell me about their decision to accept Jesus as their Savior.
3 souls were born into God's Kindgom right here at little old EBC on Sunday.
Can I get an Amen from the congregation.
Now here's the cool part the African American family that worhsipped with us were evidence of the effectiveness of our Sandwich ministry on Sunday evenings.
They live on the street behind our church (Trakas Ave) and the ministry team has made a point to go their every Sunday.
Again the faithfulness of friends.
On Sunday afternoons there is a merry band of little helpers who get together to make sandwiches.
Sunday they made 210 sandwiches with chips, cookies, and a bottle of water.
Only 2 bags were returned.
I'm pausing so much while writing this article and wondering why Lord?
Why would you let me be a part of all this good stuff that's going on?
I'm still trying to find the answer.
Maybe on this side I wont but on the other side I'm sure I will.
Lord please help me to be a good friend.
One who is willing to go out of my way to help someone have a better day.
Just like YOU do for us everyday.
Ok that's it ladies and gents.
Elvis has left the building.
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Until next week
'living here but looking up'