For nearly a month we have been counting down to being able to go on vacation…and now it’s over. We spent a lot of time in Branson swimming, lounging, canoeing, hiking and we even did some geocaching for the first time.
We have a few family traditions that we look forward to every year:
· Roasting Marshmallows
· Watching a family movie every night
· Collecting shampoo, conditioner and coffee samples (we don’t steal towels though :))
· Grilling out every night
· Building with Lincoln Logs
· And now we’ve gone canoeing three years in a row, so that must be a tradition too…
Family traditions are great for many reasons:
· They provide stability
· The develop a sense of ownership
· They provide good memories
· They give us a healthy anticipation
As I have reflected on some of the great traditions that I experienced in my childhood (Norwegian cookies, family devotions, sports together, etc.) and some of the traditions we have established as a family, I have been reminded of the opportunity we have as a church to establish our own traditions.
Our New Life family has been focusing on the goal of integration this year. There is no doubt in my mind that God has been answering that prayer. As a result, I believe we have begun to establish Gospel-centered traditions that exalt Jesus and provide a deep sense of community with each other.
With this in mind, one of the New Life elders, Gary McClintock will be preaching from Colossians 4:5 and Ephesians 5:15-17 this Sunday. I must say that every time I hear Gary speak, he brings out clear practical truth from the Bible and he communicates very effectively (no pressure Gary :)).
As you prepare your heart for the service tomorrow, I suggest that you ask God to speak into your life. As we make the right choices which encourage spiritual growth, we will develop a growing community with our own traditions and memories. Just don’t steal the soap from the church bathroom :).
Have a great day!