I prayed to God when I entered college again to protect me in my relationships through school - so I could get done within 4 years and move on to other things. So I wouldn't be distracted. Well, I graduated after 4 years in 2006-still no date. And I'm not talking about marriage, just a date. And I go out with friends and I'm pretty active, plus I get travel sometimes with meetings. But still nothing.
I have a couple of friends that tease me about my "list." They say my list is too strict. I have standards, and to me it's not that hard.
- Must be a Christ-follower (not perfect, just equally yoked with me in this)
- Funny would be nice
- Attractive to me (and attracted to me would help)
- Financially responsible (but not so much that he can't buy me things like emeralds or diamonds, ooooo or Wonder Woman colletibles)
- Would be observant enough to figure out I'm not a rose kind of girl, more like a hibiscus or daisy or iris
- Good conversationalist - at least when I really need to be able to talk to someone
- Likes animals
- And there's other things...
But the one at the top - that's most important. And I got an email with this sentence today:
A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.
That's absolutely correct. And that's what I'm waiting and looking for.
Well, think how that can relate to Greenville Christian Church. We are all consumers. How do we think about our "going-to-church" experience. Does it need to be transformed? I think we are on our way at GCC. There have been many minor changes aesthetically...but have we really started tranforming our minds? I know through my experiences in 2007, that is the priority. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your MIND and with all your soul. And remember - Romans 12...Have our leadership made that leap of faith to transform the church to be relevant to the new generation? Our main message should never change: Christ is salvation and the only way, Love the Lord with all your heart, mind & soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. The message doesn't change. But how we communicate that message should change. How we aesthetically look needs to change (lights, colors, media, areas, rooms, etc.). But this is a big paradigm shift for many in the church. For some of us - not so hard. I personally like change. I like new sensory experiences....like the video last Sunday! It's been great to see us mix-it-up a little in our services. Kudos Chad & staff! But what about other areas of the church? How do we transform to be relevant while working in excellence?
I don't know about you, but yesterday's message had my head spinning! I loved it, don't get me wrong, but when you think too much like me one of the thoughts that enters in is: With God creating the ENTIRE universe, and we a are dust speck on a dust speck, why oh why would He give a crap about me? So it just blows my mind to think about it too much. In one direction I am in such AWE of all that creation! It's imense and intense! I loved it, and it brought chills - "god-bumps." I couldn't find that last picture of the "x," but I went on the NASA site and looked at a LOT of great images. It's all just so amazing. And that's just the "heavenly lights!" Not to mention all the fantastic creation he gives us here to enjoy!
So, I came into work yesterday to get things ready for this crazy-busy month (my desk has never been cleaner!). And I have one of those everyday calendars. The devotion for yesterday was about the Lord's Prayer:
In the midst of the Lord's Prayer are these familiar words: "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11). They remind us that we are dependent on God for everything, and He is the giver of every blessing. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights" (James 1:17)...This prayer reminds us also of Jesus' words: "I am and bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger" (John 6:35). Thank God for all His gifts - especially Christ, the greatest gift of all.
Again, don't know about you - but it's amazing, absolutely amazing that the creator of this universe would care enough to not only meet my needs, but give me the desires of my heart. Yes, it's hard to describe Him, but "He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth - the Lord God Almighty is his name." (Amos 4:13).
Justice League Movie - fan-made trailer - just imagine!