Life is all a matter of perspective. I’m learning this more and more each day. While I tend to think of myself as a smart, educated man – I have quickly realized that education doesn’t mean you understand the real values in life – those things that really matter.
This week I have had some great opportunities. Wednesday night Cyndi and I participated in our church wide community group. During the summer we are meeting together as a church every other week, enjoying a meal together and then breaking into groups of eight or so to discuss the topic of the night. This week’s topic was “greed”. While that might not sound like a fun topic to talk about, we had a really good conversation with seven others about how greed can/does creep into our daily lives – sometimes knowingly, sometimes not. Focusing on Matthew 6:19-20: 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Last year we had an opportunity to travel with 14 friends to Cartagena, Colombia. There we met some wonderful people. One of those new friends is Alex Rocha. Alex has a heart for God and for people. Over the past year Alex has been planning and preparing to start a ministry to local youths. This week, City Church Tallahassee committed to helping Alex financially with his ministry – along with regular spiritual guidance, training and encouragement! Here are some photos of Alex’s new youth center:
While this may not seem like much to you or I, this is the beginning of a ministry to youths in the San Fransisco neighborhood in Cartagena!
I also had the opportunity to talk with a new friend today – Ricky Love. Ricky is the pastor of a non traditional church plant in Richmond, Virginia called Matthew’s Table. Ricky works with people that most of us would rather not be around. Ricky has found enough love in his heart for the very people that need a whole lot of love! Here’s a picture of some of the work he is doing:
Back to perspective. Sometimes when I think I’ve got it bad, that nothing is going my way, that everyone else gets all the breaks in life, that maybe I should just give up and do something else, I’m reminded of friends like these. And reminded that God really is good. All the time. To me. And as I look at sunrises like the one at the top of this post, I’m reminded that God’s mercies are new everyday to me – and I’m thankful for them!