Month: June 2015

Trust

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I was just sitting here, wrapping up my day, reviewing conversations I’ve had today and thankful God has placed people in my life I can trust.  That is a blessing…

I can’t say that I have always had people around me I could trust.  Many times I have found myself trusting, and believing in people only to be hurt by them in the end.  This has been a painful reality that I’ve had to come to grips with.  Currently the people that desire to have my trust so “in the end they can make  point”, I know who they are, because all betrayers smell and look the same.  Something that only experience can teach you.

But…

To currently have people around me who I can trust is awesome.

Of course in the back of ones mind… ok mine… is

what’s the catch?

when will the betrayal happen?

but maybe that will not happen…

Trust is the foundation for all successful ventures in this life.   Successful ventures that last.  Trust is the foundation for meaningful relationships,  relationships that stand the test of time regardless of distance, or difference.  Trust is what allows marriages to last and friendships to prosper and grow.  Trust enables families to stay together and church’s to unite and do the work of Christ.

Trust is essential to the development of our character and our souls.  Trust is the key to stability and when you are trying to get something accomplished, trust is the difference between failure and success. Trust allows you to count on people, to keep their commitments and to never doubt they will accomplish what they agreed to do.

A leader is always looking for people he/she can trust.  For they know the more people you have that you can trust the more you can accomplish and when it comes to a church and leading as a pastor it impacts how much the  church can do for the Glory of God.

I think trust is taken too lightly in this day and age.  People criticize others for not having it but seldom look inside to see if they are really trustworthy.  Most people rationalize away their actions that violate trust so they will still be able to look in the mirror and think that they are trustworthy.  But the emptiness this causes is not so easily discarded and causes undo criticism which is another volition of trust.  We all want to have people in our lives we can trust but fail to be the person other people can trust and count on.

Am I the person others can trust?  Am I living a trustworthy life where my wife, my kids, my friends, my church family and my real family know, without me saying it, that they can trust me to do what I agreed to do, to keep confidences, to protect them when others are trying to tear them down?

I’m trying too.

Yes it’s because of “Jesus, the Bible, etc….”

but the biggest reason is because I am thankful for those around me right now that I can trust though they have never asked me too.   It’s a blessing of stability and brings confidence that you have people around you… “you”… can count on….

and that is a blessing.

I want to be that blessing to others… don’t you?

The Top 5 Church “Bugs”

There are bugs in churches across this nation and literally in churches all over the world. Bugs are not a respecter of denominations, in fact they do not mind if the church is Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, handles snakes, wears robes, has a drum set or uses an organ.

It seems that the bugs that get into our churches are interdenominational.

An interesting fact about these “church bugs” is; they are not the same bugs we commonly use in sermons as illustrations, like the caterpillar and the butterfly. Instead they are rarely used as illustrations if at all. And maybe that is why they are showing up… they are saying “PICK ME! PICK ME!”

Here is a list of those faithful bugs….

#5 – Water Beatles

Regardless if you baptize by sprinkling or immersion these black bugs seem to show up. You know they are present when you hear screams from the ladies bathroom. Mistaken for roaches, these guys are always around. Their walking style is very odd, which makes them a little creepy. They also love to hang out in the baptistry and like to float in the water on the morning you are going to baptize a new convert.

4. Zacchaeus Ants

These “wee little things” show up from time to time looking to take what isn’t theirs for their own profit.

Organized without committees or teams they have one central mission… they want food that was blessed by Jesus.

The preschool gold fish are what they often go for first… but be careful they may make it to your kitchen and become little surprises for your next communion service.

3. Spiders

Now I know what you are thinking, Spiders are not bugs. However if “you are what you eat” and spiders eat bugs then at some level they’re bugs… right?

Spiders come in all shapes and sizes. They are reminders that all is not good in the world and are capable of making a grown man scream like a girl.

I had a big one in my office last summer that put me on top of my desk. After I got up enough courage to kill it, I went looking for the second. They always travel in twos.(I am sure this is in response to a command Jesus gave…)

Soon, I found the second and sent it to its grave. Shaking the whole time I was trying to kill it.

Most of the spiders I saw in the church growing up looked something like this…

Just a weird exoskeleton looking sort of thing that was designed to creep kids out in church.

I am sure of it.

I am not sure what this type of spider eats but I do know that if there are pieces of water bugs in a corner, at a door or by a window there is a bigger more terrifying spider than the one pictured here, somewhere in the room.

The pieces on the floor are either the remains of what he did not want to eat or a tithe of his food to God.

Regardless, at this point, I leave the room.

2. Zombie Crickets

Here is a normal cricket…

Here is a cricket that has died and come back as a Zombie…

Now, if your church has a basement chances are you have these.

Ugly, deformed or mutated, back from the dead and scary looking.

They can jump higher than a human can… which brings on heart issues for most people.

There is only one redeemable quality in my mind concerning these bugs…

they eat spiders.

I am willing to not kill them for that reason alone.

 

1. Potluck Flies.

Coming to the sanctuary the Sunday after your potluck.

Most flies die after a few days but potluck flies seem to have eternal life. I have actually smashed one flat only to see it get up and try to fly again.

Even if you do kill them it seems they haunt the area where they lost their life.

Yes, they come back as ghost flies!

How do I know this?

I have seen a fly seemingly appear out of thin air, then by the time I turned around with my fly swatter it was gone.

Seemingly disappearing in thin air!

So there you go… it would be cool if you would comment on this post and tell about your experiences with church bugs…

if not… I understand… you need to sleep tonight.