Hi FBC Family,
\\nA couple of weeks ago, Michael Wong, who is the editor of the Beaverton Resource Guide called and asked if I would like to write a piece for the Community Message section of the paper. I was excited to have this opportunity to connect with our community and I agreed to write a short article that will appear in the July issue.
\\nI thought I would give you a "sneak peek" at the article, with some additional thoughts that I was not able to include in the original article. I hope you enjoy my thoughts on the importance of creating memories with those we love. Note: the words in italic do not appear in the original article.
Make Memories This Summer
\\nWhen you hear the word “Memories”, what song, trip, special event or image immediately pops into your head? For me, summer always takes me back to my childhood when our family would pile into my parent's Oldsmobile Cutlass 4 door sedan and drive to my grandparent’s house. There we would spend the week fishing, hunting, climbing trees and eating freshly baked cookies.
\\nWith the end of school, comes the opportunity for us to continue the one tradition that never grows old…..making memories. Whether it’s a family vacation, a 4th of July picnic, a family reunion, a neighborhood block party or just lounging by the pool, summer should be about creating a scrapbook of scattered pictures filled with smiling faces.
\\nUnfortunately, the enemy to making memories is the daily grind of life. Our jobs, traffic, much needed home and car repairs, relational and marital tension, all these can impact our ability and/or desire to create memory-making opportunities. When it comes to those things that get us down, it helps for us to remember that we are not in charge of our day......God is. While I'm sure God wants us to make the most of our time here on earth, I'm convinced He is more concerned with the development of our character and the cultivation of the qualities that make us more Christlike. James 1:2-4, speaks to the idea of God using life's irritations in our journey to become more like Jesus. Don’t let the chaos and tension of life get in the way of painting some watercolor memories together this summer; instead remember the words of James and allow God to build within you the same character qualities of His Son, Jesus....patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control.....just to name a few.
In addition to maintaining a healthy relationship with Jesus, building memories can actually help lift the load that tends to weigh us down. People who make memories are not just sentimental...….they're smart! So, what memories are you planning to make this summer?
\\nAs you prepare for Sunday, please pray for our "Grow Young" team, which will meet Saturday night to begin praying about and developing a plan for reaching the young families in our community. If you're wondering who is on this team, its members include: Mark and Nancy Hester, Greg and Jonella Malinowski, Charles Niggley, Doug and Rose Boyd, Tim and Bitsy Law, Brenda Rhine, Martha Bailey, Jim and Laura Small and Larry and Melanie Annes. I know each of them would appreciate your prayers during this season of change.
See you Sunday.