So how do you do justice to those memories? How do you honor such a man? At my grandpa’s memorial service, my aunt told us the best way to honor him in life would be by doing things he loved: going to the library, taking walks, planting gardens, and spending time with his grandkids. Those activities summed up the joys of his life well, and I realized that those things my grandpa love to do–things that I could do in remembrance of him–are actually like a guide for life.
Written by Whitney
It reminds me of a book I read called “Wild Goose Chase.” It talks about how Celtic Christians referred to the Holy Spirit as An Geadh-Glas, or “the Wild Goose”. The book then goes on to describe how this imagery fits into the wild and untamed Spirit of God. It will leads us to some crazy places. It goes on to say:
“...nothing is more unnerving or disorienting than passionately pursuing God. And the sooner we come to terms with that spiritual reality, the more we will enjoy the journey. I cannot, in a good conscience, promise safety or certainty. But I can promise that chasing the Wild Goose will be anything but boring!”
My advice would be to simply go adventure. Do something that makes you feel alive! So you aren’t into kids’ comics? Find other ways to tap into your sense of adventure. Read people like John Muir, go do a mud run, travel somewhere you never thought you could go, eat a strange food.
But I would also add - I don’t think there’s a greater adventure than that of being a Christ-follower or going where “the Wild Goose” may lead you. So, more than anything else… try asking God what’s next… then get ready to go.
Written by Mark
“Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood.”
This is habit 5 of Stephen Covey’s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey was a devout Mormon who gave those of us in positions of management and leadership a wonderful tool in that book. Of all the advice I have ever offered to my managers and of all the direction I have ever given, seeking first to understand before seeking to be understood is by far my most effective teaching. In simpler words: Just ask! And if I could pass one thing along to all aside from the good news of Jesus Christ, it would be that.
How many quarrels could have been avoided if one would just ask?
How many misunderstandings could be avoided if one would just ask?
How many feelings would not get hurt is one would just ask?
How much more could we accomplish if we would just ask?
The inherent hurdle with this little golden nugget of wisdom is that it requires our hearts and minds to be focused on
others and not ourselves. If our asking is insincere, I suspect the other individual will sense it and dismiss your question with ease.
Regarding the homeless people I so often encountered, I went to our former senior pastor, and I just asked. He gave me another little golden nugget which gave me great assurance: what I do is between me and God, and what they do with whatever I gift to them is between them and God. He went on to tell me that part of the great tragedy in homelessness is that they feel forgotten or that they do not exist.
Think about it. Do you look into their eyes when you drive by them? Do you wave? He suggested that sometimes just acknowledging them is a gift. I am so glad that I asked!
The very next day I asked, this time of a homeless man. I rolled down my window with a gift in hand but before giving it to him I made it a point to look into his eyes. I smiled and said, “How are you doing today? Are we taking care of you?” Handing him my gift (not knowing the REAL gift was going to be received by the giver) he looked back at me and smiled and said, “I am blessed! Thank you for this… do you like to read the Bible?”
With an ear to ear smile I said, “Yes, all the time!”
Then he asked, “Do you know Hebrews 13:2?”
“Not off the top of my head.”
As traffic began to move he yelled, “Check it out and God bless you!” I could barely wait for the next traffic light! Pulling up the Bible app and navigating to Hebrews 13:2.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
OMG! Thank You Lord!
You know, Luke records Jesus as telling us to just ask - but for something far greater than anything this world has to offer - and we will not be denied.
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
Written by Harry
In this blog series, we are supposed to share our best advice. Well, this is my best advice: Wash your hands.
If I sound like a mother, uh oh, you’ve discovered something about me, for I am one.
My own mother preached this to me many times daily, and then my college degree in nutrition supported all of her admonitions. By the way, that degree is a secret. I cook because I have to eat. My husband cooks because he enjoys dining. I’m a lucky gal.
Terrific meals aside, washing our hands rids them of most of the bacteria, viruses, and general grime that may bring illness to our physical bodies and spread it to other people. If we wash our hands poorly, we often get ill and make others ill. (You know who you are; your fingers don’t even get very wet.)
Even further, dirty hands make smudges and smears on our doors, walls, clothes, furniture, cars, faces, and electronic devices. That’s not attractive or appealing. Thus, wash your hands for an easier, healthier, and more pleasant life.
Nonetheless, it occurs to me that my best advice may not be exactly on topic for the Methodist Church blog. Therefore, here is my better best advice: Wash your hands of disbelief. In other words, believe in Jesus Christ.
If I sound like a Christian, it’s because I am one.
I often wonder how some friends and family manage daily life without a belief in Christ. Christ gives me strength, hope, and insight, when I choose to listen to Him. My parents, friends, and worship leaders of all varieties have instilled in me the importance of Belief. I’m a lucky gal.
Faith in Christ opens in us the opportunity to see life anew when life otherwise may appear quite hopeless. Belief in Christ shows us why and how to love others and ourselves in times when neither they nor we seem very worthy of love or respect. A spirit cleansed with Christ leads a healthier, wiser, and more pleasant life.
The best advice for spiritual health is to believe in Christ.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Written by Becky
The 12:12 Project is sponsored by Katy First United Methodist Church.