This week’s guest Gmail writer is Tabatha Mason, PCC’s Worship Leader at the 11am gathering and teaching pastor at our gatherings this Sunday, July 16.
Good Afternoon PCC!
We are formed as people by experiences and by our families and those close to us that we trust and spend time with. Every now and then, I will hear these words slip out of my mouth when I’m explaining something to my kids: “…because you’re my girls and that is how our family does things.”
Calling out our values in daily decisions is a great way to show our children what matters to us:
“I’m scared, too, but we follow Jesus and we will choose to trust Him.”
“We can’t afford both things, so we will choose to be generous and purchase the item that will bless someone else.”
“No, we don’t use margarine. In our family, we use real butter.”
When my girls were little, we attended a Family Ministry Connex event together. One of the activities in which we participated was to take time to create a Family Values Board. We were supposed to find two or three values that defined us as a family. After we spent some time talking together, we realized we already had those values; we just hadn’t articulated them in this way.
In our home, we LOVE JESUS AND OTHERS and we DON’T HIDE. There are other things we value and appreciate, but these stand out as two pillars for us. If any of us are ever in a situation where we feel like we have to hide something, we know that isn’t who we are. We are called to love and have the freedom to live without fear and in the open. We are honest, we are accepted, and we are loved. There is no need to hide myself or what I’ve done because this love and acceptance will never be taken away. That is the basis on which all the other things are built in our home. This is us. Here is the board we created:
In Romans 11, Paul tells us that just as a branch of one type of tree can be grafted into and become part of another kind of tree, so we have been grafted into the family of God, His people, and their history. PCC’s summer series, This is Us, is exploring our spiritual family history, spending time in the stories of God’s people from before the advent of Christ. In Hebrews 11, Paul lists many stories of followers of God, and then says, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us…”
We are not following Jesus alone in this life. And not only do we live in community with each other, we are surrounded by great-great-great aunts and uncles and grandparents and cousins in the faith. We are connected to followers of Jesus around the world and throughout time. We all live out a story that isn’t complete without each other. We learn from each other, and we belong to each other.
Take some time and think about a person in the Old Testament (perhaps it’s one that has stood out from the last few Sunday messages) that has impacted your walk with Jesus – a person whose life of following God urged you to keep going, inspired you, made you feel understood and encouraged.
I love gathering and worshipping the Lord together. Hope to see you Sunday!