8/2/18 A Message From Chris

On this Thursday, I simply want to say Thank you.  I have been reading a new book titled, “Make a List: how a simple practice can change our lives and open our hearts”.  In the introduction, one reads, “people make lists to get organized, to plan the day, to set priorities, to clarify “pros” and “cons” as they make decisions, to explore their feelings, to dispel mental fog, to articulate goals, to identify their deepest hopes and purposes”

After receiving great kindness from Southland this past Sunday evening, I made my own list of Thanksgiving:

  • For the numerous thoughtful cards welcoming us
  • For the recommendations for dentists and doctors
  • For those who stop by our home and talk to us when we are in the front yard
  • For the advice on how to navigate registering our children for school
  • For the tips about band and soccer in San Angelo
  • For unconditional love for a family you do not know
  • For how serious you take Jesus’ words
  • For ribbing me on how I pronounce “Christoval”
  • For softball on Monday nights
  • And the conversations with men that occur before, during, and after the games
  • For the random phone call to check in and see how we are doing
  • For introducing me to so many wonderful Mexican Food Restaurants
  • For not laughing when I bemoan how the same street has two different names

I am sure my list could go on and on, but I will stop for now.  You might be on a journey that needs your own list.  Take time to stop and make a list—in the midst of doing so, you just might notice that God is closer than you noticed.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris

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7/26/18 A Message From Chris

Mother Teresa once said, “without patience, we learn less in life.  We see less.  We feel less. We will hear less.  Ironically rush and more usually mean less”.

I do not know about you, but the world in which I reside is constantly asking me to rush.  My phone constantly is notifying me:  Hurry up and respond to that text, answer that email, check the comment in Facebook.  Rush—we recently enrolled our daughters in school.  My oldest planned her entire academic life for the next three years—Rush.  I recently received a statement from my retirement account notifying me that if I wanted any chance to retire that there was still a multi-step plan to follow, but I needed to start now—Rush.  I have to admit that I am the person who even RUSHES on vacation like it is a competition to Vacation better than the neighbors-- Rush.  Finally, if I receive another email ad calling me to act in the next 24 hours to receive the deal of a lifetime… Rush!

Speaking of those emails about the Sales—our world is constantly asking us to acquire more, gather more, achieve more!

  • One More big career move will be the answer to all of your problems.
  • One More pair of shoes is the answer to your longings.
  • One More award will set you apart from the crowd

One More… it is a never ending rat race that many of us cannot escape.

May Mother Teresa’s words challenge us today!  It is being patient where we learn to say No to a hurried life and a life of acquisition.  Be patient and don’t fall into the trap that life is defined by how fast you live or how much you have.  This Sunday, I invite you to be with us in worship as we explore the idea of Patience.  Less really is more!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris 

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