Pastor’s Corner

August 2021

From the heart of the pastor

Ephesians 4:31

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Let us be better, not bitter. We will take the bitter and turn it into better one letter at a time. If we want to change ourselves, we can do so one thing at a time.

The first change will be the beginning, the B. Learn to be your authentic self but not try to be a copy of someone else. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made. God had and has a plan for you. God thought about you before you were even born. Your physical characteristics are part of your genetics, your nature as much as your environment, your nurture. But God even thought about you from the beginning of time. Our choices do influence our physical characteristics but are not the total of who we are. We choose what we want to eat, if we can eat, and even when we abstain. The food choices that we consume may initially be limited by our environment, not having access to nutritious food, but as we learn better, we can do better. Being our authentic self means to be all that we are created to be. Embrace your difference and learn to love who you are. We may feel that we are too fat or skinny or too short or tall, but we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. We may even be differently able than others and have to fight through what may be called a disability, but we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. The day that you embrace who you are and realize that you are more than your physicality is when we began to be better.

Choose today to embrace your difference. Be who you are, and do not look at others wishing you were they. You are a unique human being, and no one has the gifts and graces that you do. God sees you, knows you, and is waiting for you to be all you can be. No one else can be as great as you are.