At church today, we had our annual church picnic. We went to a park, had a church service there, and then ate, fellowshipped, and did a water-balloon toss. My partner for the water-balloon toss and I did better this year than we did last year. Last year, I threw the water-balloon over her head, since I had a hard time determining how hard I needed to throw it so it could reach her. This year, we didn't have that problem. Our water-balloon was leaking, though, which was odd, but we were still tossing it back and forth. Eventually, we lost. But it was still fun!
During the church service, the pastor talked about vocation. The pastor quoted Jeremiah 29:11, which states (in the KJV): " For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
Not long back, a blogger was criticizing how many evangelicals like to
use this verse to encourage people that God has a plan for their
life----a plan that is good. This blogger was saying that the passage
was about the Jews in exile, not every single Christian on the planet,
or anyone else. Granted, I think that the notion that God has a good
plan for everyone's life can be legitimately questioned. But I also
question that blogger's criticism of how evangelicals apply Jeremiah
29:11. So it was for Israel. Does it therefore contain nothing of
relevance to others? If so, aren't we severely restricting the
applicability of Scripture? I don't know. One could perhaps argue that
there are in Scripture laws, rules, and concepts that the authors
believed applied to everyone. But what exactly can Christians get out
of God's covenant relationship with Israel? Is that not relevant to
Christians, since the covenant was with Israel?
The pastor also read from the book The Dash: Making a Difference with Your Life from Beginning to End.
The dash is the dash between our birth-date and our death-date. The
book's point was that we should make the most of that dash----the time
in between. We should reflect on the difference we made as well as love
others. I don't particularly like asking myself what people will say
about me after I die. That's a lot of pressure! I do hope to make some
difference, through my blogging. But, because I'm shy and introverted,
I'm not exactly going to be remembered as the encouraging, bubbly
personality people enjoyed being around. Maybe I'll be remembered for
other qualities, though. And yet, it's easy to become isolated in this
world. I can understand why some may feel that they wouldn't be
remembered after their death.
did appreciate, however, the story in the book about the executive who
was flying in on a jet. His daughters were looking forward to seeing
him, but he ignored them when he got off the jet. I like the lesson of
taking the opportunity to show people love when one still can.
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