Read: “…I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—“ Exodus 31:3 (NIV)
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing…and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3 (NIV)
Reflect: When we were raising our children, we pushed ourselves to “pullout-the-stops” and “go-for-broke.” My wife and I encouraged our kids to engage in just about everything, from sports to art to theater. On Friday nights, we attended plays at our elementary school; other nights it was Brownies or Scouts. I was an “Indian guide,” a “Medicine-man”, acted the roll of a Coyote, and was a “bull-slinger.” Even though I knew little about the games, I coached football, baseball, and basketball. Many Saturdays found us working at the little league field.
It’s hard to believe that we could do so much. We developed talents that were previously unknown to us. My wife and I began all of this because of our children and then we discovered that we were also helping our community. Other kids benefited from our encouragement and coaching, we benefited through sharing with other parents, and the community facilities benefited through our shared labor.
The kids grew up and moved on, but my wife and I have stayed involved in our community. The specific activities may have changed, but our commitment to making things better for others remains constant. We like our neighbors and while we may not be the house where everyone gathers anymore, we commonly connect with our neighbors—sometimes even in the center of the street—to discuss how things are going with each other. We love living in Chula Vista and enjoy sharing our experience and abilities with others.
React: One definition of Community is a group of people living in the same place having characteristics in common. What can you do this week to share the positive aspects of your character with those around you?
Pray: Father God, bring out the best in us so we can be a blessing to our neighbors.