Yesterday I went to Jason’s house to check on his garden while he is away at the beach. After scaring Peter Cottontail away, I was overwhelmed with the amount of Red in the plants. The harvest was plentiful but I was all alone! I spent the next half hour harvesting one by one….big tomatoes, medium tomatoes, and small tomatoes from the plants. It reminded me of these verses:
Matthew 9:35-38 (New International Version)
The Workers Are Few
35Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Opportunites abound today, the harvest is ripe for the picking. Get out there and empty the tomato plants, don’t be intimidated by the volume, just harvest them one at a time!
With already three weddings under our belts this year, the 2010 Wedding Season is off to a great start! This past weekend in Boothbay Harbor, ME we witnessed the joining of two great friends under a beautiful setting. A perfect couple doing an even more perfect thing!
I love weddings, I absolutely love them. I mean, can you really think of a better way to spend your Saturday?! And it’s not just the party, the phenomenal finger foods or even the family and friends in attendance. I love weddings because each one reminds me of the special day that I shared with my wife almost 4 years ago. It was the day when I first learned the meaning of ever lasting love. To flash back to that day, below is an exerpt from a reading on our special day:
1 Corinthians 13:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Jason if off this week on the beach hopefully avoiding the tarballs. Hope he enjoys his week away from work and with the family. This weekend I had to do something I had not done for 2 weeks, that’s right, mow the yard. It is always the thrill of my Saturday to get out and mow (insert sarcasm here). Saturday as I dragged myself out of bed, I knew there was no putting it off, I must go mow. So, as thrilled as I was I got out and starting mowing, I went for it and about 15 minutes in I stepped on a nail. Yes all the way through my shoe and punctured my foot (tetanus booster here I come). After checking the damage back to mowing I went, 15 more minutes in I ran into one of the “nicest” creatures alive, the yellowjacket. After several stings and a funny looking dance by me, I got the gasonline and lighter and took care of the yellowjacket hole (only crispy yellowjackets left in my yard). This got me thinking, shouldn’t a Christian’s life be better, shouldn’t the nail bend under my step instead of going into my foot? Shouldn’t the yellowjacket fly the opposite direction because I am one of God’s elect? No, that is not the way God intended. Check this verse:
John 16:33 (New International Version)
33” In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Yes that is right, we will have problems but Jesus has overcome. He also tells us this:
Romans 8:28 (New International Version)
More Than Conquerors
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,[a] who[b] have been called according to his purpose. So today whether the birds and squirrels smile and wave or peck your head and bite your ankle know that Jesus has overcome and you have a better reward awaiting you after this life!
Today I will haul my geek bag downtown one last time before I return home and trade in the cell phone, headsets and laptops for barefeet, sand and oysters. Yep, I will be taking the week off from this crazy world, following an example set out by our Savior himself:
31Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 32So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. Mark 6:31-32 (New International Version)
Next week there will be some treats in store for the Buffet, as I know just because I am resting that the remainder of you are still out in the world, training and buffeting yourself each day. So here is a little video that may keep you going. Its by Weezer. Evidently this song is the theme song for our tension loving soccer team, and since they go up against Ghana tomorrow, I thought it would be appropriate. Its called Represent.
The chorus here is very interesting
You know it
It matters how you play the game
It matters that you can take the pain
You don’t wanna lie, steal or cheat your way to the top ohhh
It matters what your people think
You represent your family
But that’s just one more reason to see that it matters whether you win or lose
Well, as much as I like soccer, and as much I want the US to win. ( I did by the way take a run around a section of cubicles with my hands in the air screaming GOOOAAAALLL after the 91st minute goal on Wednesday) As much as that’s true. There’s only one thing where it does matter if you win or lose, and that’s a life full of love and the spirit, given over to our Savior. That’s how you Represent!
34Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:34-37
Enjoy the Week. Cheer for the Yanks, and Represent!