Treadmill Treats Monday Message
This is my church…this is my family
This weekend I was blessed to be able to spend the whole weekend with my church family.
I go to what you might call a “Mega Church” we have around 10,000 members and some people ask me how could I go to such a big church, don’t I feel lost?
It’s like anything in life you get out of it, what you put into it and I put alot into it.
When I first started going, it…the church and its members, opened their hearts to welcome me and made me feel so loved, it gave me hope, it gave me strength.
My Bishop’s messages was what I needed to get through another day, it filled the empty dead space in my soul. It healed me, it gave me the courage to leave a verbally abusive marriage.
So I wanted to give back to this church that literally saved my life, there was nothing I wouldn’t do, to the yearly clean up day, to getting involved in ministry, to supporting other ministries, to attending whatever seminar, concert, volunteering, it didn’t matter I wanted to give back.
And so this “Mega church” suddenly didn’t feel so mega to me because I started to get know the members personally.
I knew their families, their lives and they knew mine. I was only at the church about a year when one of the first memebers there, Thomas, who had always been so sweet to me, put together a team to help me move when I got divorced. His kindness made me cry but these are the kinds of people that go there, they are kind, the first to help out, give a word of encouragement, a helping hand, we are not just a church, we are a family.
This weekend we put together a surpise party for one of our memebers who as a single mom put herself through college, a huge accomplishment and we wanted her to know how proud we were of her.
On Saturday the singles ministry had our annual beach day and we had a fun filled day of music, food, swimming and laughing. Yesterday after church we had our monthly workers meeting which included lunch afterwards, yet another chance to fellowship with others.
That’s what this is all about showing love to one another, being grateful for the things you have, living in the moment, really appreciating the moment.
See I am putting so much into it because I have gotten so much out of it.
So today my friends, ask yourself what are you putting into it? Maybe that’s why your not getting anything out of it, maybe you need to stop taking, asking for and just give from your heart because you are so grateful, its amazing what will happen when you do…it won’t just be your church, it will become your family.
“Be the change you want to see”
“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”
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