April 20th, 2018
Sunday Bible Class
Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life. The lessons scheduled for this week are:
Spanish Preschool: Jesús y los niños
English Preschool: The Church Began
School Age: The Ascension
Please take the time to look at the Activity Pages that your children bring home. You will find the Bible story, suggested Scripture reading for the week, and instructions for how to download the Bible Studies for Life app.
We love seeing your children in Bible class. The more frequently they come, the more likely they are to build stronger relationships with the other children and with the teachers. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
-Cashton Best helped clean the classroom.
-Jonathan Delisma remembered to bring money for the class sponsorship with Compassion International.
-Natalie Harris has a birthday on April 23.
-Charlotte Lowrance has a birthday on April 21.
-Luke Parsard participated in class.
-Olivia Rodriguez has a birthday on April 21.
-The preschool class had excellent help from: Jayce Kiddoe, Oliver Lowrance, Levi Parsard, and Sammy Pino.
-The preschool class had excellent participation from: Cashton Best, Holden Bonds, Brayleigh Harris, Alexis Kiddoe, Jayce Kiddoe, Wesley Lopez, Henry Lowrance, Oliver Lowrance, Levi Parsard, Maya Pino, Sammy Pino, and Olivia Suarez.
Mark Your Calendar
Noche de Alabanza
Million Meal Pack
Kids stay in worship with parents
May 19 and 20
Last Session of Awana
We are a generation of parents who have never worked harder to have it all, yet go to bed most nights worrying that we aren’t enough. We are constantly asking “Why?” We are constantly measuring. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, if you’re married, if you’re rich, poor, old, young, in college, or out of college. Every human heart struggles with this. We are always looking around to see how we measure up to everyone around us and usually focusing on all the ways we fall short.
Our internal voice whispers we will never be enough, so we work and worry and feel like we must do something big, something huge to prove our worth and to make sure our life matters. We have to host a conference, start a movement, adopt fifteen kids, or fight human trafficking to really matter. Which are all great things, but thinking this way can cause us to lose sight of the small things that can also change a life: bringing dinner to a sick neighbor, smiling at a waitress who’s having a bad day, reading to your kids before bed, and simply praying for someone going through a rough time.
If you’re like me, you can spend a lot of time looking around at what everyone else has or is doing or all the ways they appear better. We measure. We measure our insides by other people’s outsides—and that’s never a fair assessment.
We don’t know what they’re going through, how they have been hurt, or the struggles they face. We see their social-media best selves and assume everybody is winning at life. We are constantly seeing the best version of other people’s lives while living the reality of our own lives, which may often feel a little mundane.
A few weeks ago, as I was reading my Bible, I ran across some verses that leapt out at me. I read:
And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand! Then I said, “Where are you going?” And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.” And behold, the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him and said to him, “Run, say to that young man, ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and livestock in it. And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.’” (Zechariah 2:1–5 esv)
It hit me that this is what we spend so much time doing. We are constantly measuring our city—is it big enough? Does it need more? How does it compare to other cities? Does my city have the kitchen that looks most likely to get pinned on Pinterest?
Do people like my city? I wonder what might happen if we could quit building walls around ourselves and let others see who we really are. To see where we are broken and where we are hurting and where we feel like we aren’t enough. Sometimes when we speak those things out loud, they lose power, but when we keep them hidden, they grow stronger. We are often our own worst critics.
What if we lived as though we truly believed God has given us a life without walls, that he has plans for us that go beyond anything we can measure or imagine and promises to be the glory in our midst?
I believe God wants to make our city—our lives—so big that walls can’t contain it. His idea of big is so different from ours. A God who promises us that not even a sparrow falls to the ground without him knowing is a God who values even the smallest things. He wants us to have contentment that won’t require us to put up walls of protection and spend our lives afraid of being vulnerable as we stop trying to measure the width and depth of our lives. He will be our protection. He will be a wall of fire all around.
He will be the glory in our midst and whisper to us that our lives, no matter how small they may seem to us, are enough because He is enough.
Condensed from "God Says You Are Enough Because I Am" by Melanie Shankle from faithgateway.com