Good morning! And a beautiful morning it is! These are the days that I stand in awe of how amazingly and powerfully God has created the world, and in particular our little corner here in the Saint Clair area. I was taking a long walk this morning along the boardwalk, and I noticed something shiny on the ground and reached down to pick it up. “Hey! I found a quarter! Cool!” (I still get excited about finding money on the ground, especially quarters.)
Has this ever happened to you? You bend down to pick it up, and what’s the very next thing you do? Of course! You look around to see if there are any more coins. Like someone is going to “breadcrumb” their way around by leaving a path of quarters to find their way back!
Of course, this got me thinking. It can be tough sometimes to talk with strangers and engage them in friendly conversation if we’ve never done it or if it’s seriously out of our comfort zones. But just like finding that first quarter, it gets a lot easier, and if you’re like me, you actually look for folks to strike up a conversation! This drives Mitzi and the boys crazy if we’re trying to keep a schedule.
I’m convinced that this is how our FCC church will grow, as well as the church in the world. So what if you don’t know them! There’s always something that you share in common with them. I stopped yesterday morning to pet two dogs whose owners were walking and then sitting on a bench. Guess what? I saw them in the very same spot this morning! They remembered me and we chatted and I got my “dog fix” for the day. How cool is that?
Let’s remember one thing here: It’s not our job as Christians to bring someone to faith. Let me repeat that: It’s not our job as Christians to bring someone to faith. Things of faith, like this especially, are too huge for us to even try to take responsibility for! That is the Holy Spirit’s job: to take that situation; that conversation with someone; that helping to carry something for them as they struggle with it; that simple befriending; and make His good and perfect will to be done in their lives as He holds out the truth of God’s love. When we look at it honestly, our “job” in all of this is pretty simple. The Spirit’s job is much much harder. That’s why God has given Him that role.
God’s blessings to you all this week and receive the peace of God that goes far beyond our thoughts or imaginations,
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization