June 21st, 2009

Matt and Me


Went to church this morning and got engaged in a very challenging lesson on "love." It fit in very closely with a message from my home church shared at the end of May. We learned that Christian love is not about feeling warm and fuzzy toward mankind - it's thinking of others more highly than ourselves. It's about serving others by offering time, kindness, thought, prayer, and assistance. Love is voluntarily and cheerfully reaching out to meet a need. This comes at the cost of our own time and comfort. But the reward is the fullness of joy (John 15:11-12 and I Corinthians 9:23).

Philippians 2:3-5, 7
"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus...[he] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men."

After church, I ordered in sesame chicken and dumplings, spent a few hours catching up on email, and fell asleep. I dreampt about trains, the navy, and Mr. Lightoller climbing around some ship. I woke up confused, thinking it was late. It was only about 4:30.

Now it's time for more sesame chicken and then... Well, I could work on the Titanic project, or I could practice CW, or I could transcribe the crew lists for my new 1890 sailing ship from Dundee. Decisions!