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Chunks Of Faith-Work Hard, Play Hard

That just happens to be my family motto.

Work hard, play hard!

And that applies to my home family. My work family. And my church family.

No matter what family we belong to, we all have a responsibility to be a contributing member. And this means that certain things are expected of us according to each of our abilities. It takes each one of us.

Ephesians 4:15-16 (New International Version)

15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Romans 12:6 (New International Version)

6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[a]faith.

And working together as a family means that we also grow into mature individuals as we work. If we do not put our faith and actions into motion we can’t grow into effective leaders and mature believers. If we have one or the other, it is incomplete.

James 2:22 (New International Version)

22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

It always reminds me of how I explain this to my children. To say they have a family implies they belong to something larger than just themselves. And because of that blessing, they each have a responsibility list that is theirs (we do not call it a chore list, because they are not slaves-they are there by their free will) gives them a sense of ownership.They are part of a family. And with that family comes benefits such as belonging, love, trust, fun, laughter, parents, siblings, birthdays, holiday traditions, and memories. But belonging to a family is more than just what we can get. Belonging to anything is give and take. And giving takes a little bit of work. And we work because we belong.

For example, in my house if you belong to the family,  you must rinse your own plate and put it in the dishwasher. Service and work signifies your belonging. And each person who belongs is a contributor. It shows you have responsibilities connected to the effectiveness of the family unit as a whole. And we not only find a great sense of belonging from working alone. We also find that sense of belonging from our involvement in our play time, too.

Work is not necessarily given to us to be a punishment or drudgery. It’s given to us because we belong. And we should serve and find joy in serving, because it shows that we are a bonafide member with earned responsibilities and a family status. And it doesn’t matter whether the status of family applies to home, work, or our church. Each family we are blessed with means that we work hard and we play hard. Because that’s just how we belong!

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Rain Delays and Rainbows

I was sitting here thinking about a few things I am so anxious to do…like return to school to earn my Master’s Degree in Biblical Leadership. And I thought about how sometimes what we want to do gets put on hold for a little while. It’s similar to wanting to play a sport in a way.

Imagine…
You’re playing baseball and you’re up to bat next. It’s finally your turn. The excitement is mounting as you picture yourself taking the action you’ve been waiting for, striking the bat against the ball, watching it sail outfield, and you finally have the chance you’ve been waiting your whole life for…to run the bases and slide into home plate.

You see it,
You feel it,
You hear it,
You feel rain drops…

Rain drops?

It’s your turn, but you have to wait as a storm approaches and runs it’s course.

Sometimes in life we encounter set backs. And maybe when those rain delays hit and our plans are postponed for awhile, God is busy working out the details. Maybe he’s building an opportunity. Maybe he’s building a bridge by connecting people that we don’t even know yet who will eventually connect to us. Maybe he has a solution that is being put into motion as we speak (or write). And even though we can’t see or feel it right away, we can be certain that God can use a delay to benefit us…prepare us…bless us in ways we would never guess.

So instead of crabbing at clouds that we can’t control, go out an play in the rain. It just may be the break you need to see clearly when the skies clear. After all, who can follow a rainbow if they can’t even see where it starts? Play in the rain and praise God for His blessing as you wait on Him.

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