Wednesday, May 13, 2009

number one

Along with Maria Folsom-Kovarik, the Director of Adult Ministry, I just helped run an orientation for about 25 new ministers at Nativity. As people introduced themselves, their stories ranged from brand new members taking their next step in faith, to professionals looking to apply their knowledge to the church, to older members responding to the call to ministry. It is cool for me to witness these individuals getting involved because it reminds me of an important fact: it's not about me.

That's a radical statement. My default mode is self-centered thinking. In a pinch, I look out for my own tail. It's just what I do. That's why it's so important to be part of a culture, like the one here at Nativity, where people are constantly and consistently giving of themselves.

I heard a new definition of selfishness the other day: it's not how highly you think of yourself, just how often you do. I think that's a pretty good way to put it; not comforting for me, but definitely pertinent. If thoughts create feelings which inspire action, I need to focus my thinking elsewhere. Tonight, I will pray for others, that Christ's light may shine in their lives, and for myself that I may have the presence of mind to see the Christlike behaviors of other Christians and that I have the courage to witness to those who do not know Him.

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