Fishers UMC Blog

Approval

In a perfect world, all the people in our lives would be loving and supporting of us.  But let’s face it, life is not perfect!  I don’t know about you, but there are a few people in my life that I am learning how to love despite their constant need to point out my flaws.  I completely get it, I am flawed, we all are, but taking the time to point out every little aspect that is wrong with me or my home starts to wear on me.  Up until recently I would drive my self crazy trying to make myself and my home perfect in order to gain their approval, and then I realized.  I would never get their approval.  No matter what I did, there was always something to point out.  And then, after some advise from friends and family and a lot of time in prayer about it, I came to these realizations:

-Why would I waste my time fretting over someone that will never give me approval when I have the highest approval rating from my Lord and Savior!  He loves me without fail, flaws and all.

-Those pointing out my flaws are flawed themselves.

-What kind of example am I giving to my daughter that we need to spend so much time and energy trying to gain approval of others?  Her self worth should not be dependent on other people, so why am I thinking that my self worth is dependent on other people?

As a follower of God, we are told that our life journey will not be easy following Him.  But the good news is that He is always with us!  Now, when people are belittling me I am choosing to turn to God in those situations, and it has really helped!!!  Before, hurtful words would eat at my skin, tear me down, anger me, making me feel worthless.  But now when those words are spewed at me, I hear “I love you” “You are precious to me” “Your worth is not based on other’s opinions of you”.  I know God was ALWAYS saying those things to me, but because of my own personal hang ups, I wasn’t listening for Him.  I was choosing to focus on the negative and letting others define me. 

Don’t let the negativity of those around you keep you from rejoicing in God’s love and approval! 

Zephaniah 3:17 (New Living Translation)

For the Lord your God is living among you.
    He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With his love, he will calm all your fears.
    He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Blessings,
Lorie Richards
Multi-Media Coordinator
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The Importance of Intentionality

Have you ever wondered what is the importance of being a part of outreach events?  In the summer of 2014, we hosted our first Fun Friday, a community cookout at Holland Park, where a family from another faith background attended.  They were at the park and someone invited them to join the fun.   Three months prior they had relocated from across the country and one week after their arrival they had their fourth child.   The parents seemed overwhelmed with all their recent changes.  Several people talked with the family and held the baby while the mom ate and was able to have a real conversation as other people were playing games with their older children.  People got her contact information and continued to check in on them.  The family attended subsequent cookouts and even came the next year.  They asked what could they bring to contribute to the cookout in order to give back to a ministry that had been so meaningful to them. 

I got a letter from them last week.  They wanted us to know they had moved back to their home state, as it was too hard being so far from family.  She was writing to tell us what it meant that we “befriended” them when they first moved here.  She wrote,  “I was feeling lost and lonely, but the Lord sent you to reassure me that He was looking out for me and that I was never alone because He was there.  Thank you so much!  You made such a difference in my life.  I'll never forget it.”

As a church we have been intentional about building relationships in the community and it has been impactful.  You never know what a conversation over a hot dog and chips can mean to another person.  Hope you will be a part of our outreach ministry efforts.  It is as easy as dinner over a friendly conversation.

Looking forward to seeing you at our next Fun Friday event this Summer!  Be sure to check out information coming soon in our bulletins, newsletter, social media and website!

Blessings,
Susan Hobson
Outreach Ministry Coordinator
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