Dear Love INC Community,
I walked into the office a couple of weeks ago to find my friend Heidi being oriented to serving in our Clearinghouse. I was so excited to see someone from my own congregation joining the many others from all over Newberg who volunteer with Love INC.
I excitedly exclaimed, “I didn’t know you were going to be here!” She answered that she had been thinking about serving for quite some time but she realized she just needed to do it. She paraphrased Richard Rohr and said, “It’s time for me to start living my way into a new way of thinking.” This struck me and I have thought of her response many times over the past few weeks. “We live our way into a new way of thinking…”
On my desk is an old rumpled copy of a quote from the Greek philosopher, Aristotle. I keep it handy to remind me that I need a lot of practice in the way of Jesus. He says, “Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave.”
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”By doing brave acts, we become brave” – Aristotle[/pullquote]
Now I have to confess, I am not one to hem and haw much. I usually jump into the “doing” part of my life with Christ and ask questions later. But, this theme of learning by doing has certainly played out powerfully in my attempts to follow Jesus more faithfully. I can read books about how to have a more intimate and exhilarating life with God and I can cry out in prayer that I want to be more like Jesus and I can study the bible all day long. The reality is until I actually jump into being a doer of God’s word, I am really just thinking about it.
The mission of Love INC Newberg is to mobilize the church to transform lives and communities. Thus, we strive to provide many ways for God’s people to be doers of the Word. This update is full of needs that we are trusting God will meet through those in the community who answer the call to pray, serve and give. We are always in need of financial support and volunteers. Our stock of breakfast bags and lunch kits (that some days are the only food our neighbors living in homelessness will eat) is lower than I have seen it in months. We have more Relational Ministry participants than mentors and the shelter has many host vacancies.
If you are a doer, you probably already serve with us or some other Christian ministry. But, if you are standing on the edge of that pier thinking about serving, I encourage you to jump on in! When you take the plunge into living your way into a new way of thinking—know that Jesus is right there with you. Our Lord promises that we will be transformed more into His likeness when we join in the mission of transforming lives and our communities In The Name of Christ.
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”
James 1:22-25 (New Living Translation)