In the cartoon section of the newspaper this morning, Garfield, the cat, says, “What’s wrong with the world you ask”? He then answers, ‘It doesn’t do enough for me”. Sound familiar to anything you’ve thought or said? Unfortunately whether it’s at our jobs, our hobbies, politics or church, from time to time that mindset seems to surface. We live in a culture that is more focused on what we all need to give to them instead of what they need to give to society. I believe that’s one of the reasons the rescues going on in Thailand of that soccer team is the top news story because everyone is asking what they can do to help. The focus is on giving and not receiving.

When Jesus came He said in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” His life was all about giving to others, not in what others could do for Him. His life was lived to achieve the will of the Father and in doing so He blessed the world more than the world can imagine.

Today you have the opportunity to make a choice, to be like Garfield or to be like Jesus. I pray that you’ll choose Jesus.

Thanks for praying for Bennett Miller who is recovering from an emergency appendectomy. Also thanks for praying for Joe Mabe who had kneed surgery last week and then developed blood clots that almost cost him his life. Both Bennett and Joe are doing well and should be home today or tomorrow.

Don’t forget tonight we start VBS. If you have not volunteered and want to do so, simply show up in the gym around 6:00. Also don’t forget I need a team of volunteers to help me with dismissal. Meet me at the north parking lot at 8:40 p.m. A great opportunity for all of us to give of ourselves instead of sitting back and expecting others to do for us.

See you tonight,

Pastor Carl