From Our Worship Pastor, John Talley:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset
as Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5
If you watch TV much you’ve seen the insurance ads of the “life
coach” teaching adults not to act like their parents once they become homeowners. The scenarios vary from airports (everyone having a paper boarding pass), to shopping (they make overheard selling candles?), to a sporting event parking lot (let’s not talk about leaving until we at least get inside), to another shopping venue (he has blue hair… BLUE!). It’s hilarious, especially as we see ourselves in those actors.
The weekend before Christmas was the must watch (well, for
golfers anyway) PNC Championship that features fathers and mostly sons, where one is a pro and the other an amateur, playing in a limited field event. The big draw this year was the return of Tiger Woods after a horrific car crash the first of this year and his 12-year-old son Charlie. A video went viral during the weekend documenting the exact duplicate mannerisms of the father-son team. Their swing, their reactions, the comments and casual movements were often exact duplicates! Many of the pros and their father or child teammates displayed similar characteristics. “The apple does not fall far from the tree!”
These examples led my mind to wandering who I/we look and
act like? I do have some of my parents’ mannerisms! Afterall, it’s in
the genes…The Fruits of the Spirit say we should act like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and selfcontrol.
The Purpose Driven Life adds that we should “look” like
Worship, Ministry, Evangelism, Fellowship and Discipleship.
Checking all those boxes are challenging but worthy goals!
The new year is here, and shouldn’t these attributes of our Father be in our resolutions and mannerisms?
Speaking of parents and kids… Our ministry staff family has
grown! Congratulations to Jenny and Michael Skarke on the birth of
Clarke Ann, born December 27th. Clarke had surgery on her digestive tract two days later and will be in the NICU at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital until the end of January. Clarke and Jenny (and Michael) are all recovering well! Thanks for your prayers for them.