It’s gone

It’s gone

On Thursday, I came in early to work on the bulk of my sermon for today. Since it was nice out, I decided to set up for my study day on the front deck of the church. I had my water bottle and coffee cup…equally significant for my morning hydration and well-being.

After a while, I needed to go into the church for a minute, so I took in my computer, so it wouldn’t get stolen.

I walked out a few minutes later and as I approached my makeshift office, I noticed both my coffee cup and water bottle were missing. I checked with a few of the people at church thinking maybe they brought them in for free refills.

No one knew about them….so I surmised…. someone had to have stolen them.

But why a 3-year-old water bottle and half-filled coffee cup? Oh, I also noticed they had taken my headphones too.

Gary came out and I decided to walk around the block to search for the thief. As I was close to completing the circle, I spotted my coffee cup in a potted bush, but never found the water bottle or headphones.

Fortunately, I brought my laptop into the church and the thief didn’t reach over the railing to take my computer bag which had quite a bit of cash in it. So, my loss was pretty small.

I ended up with the question, “why would someone take my stuff, and what could have prevented this crime?”

The answer to why (the motivation) has more answers than I have time to guess. However, when considering prevention, I have a thought…

If the thief had known me and known my story and my family and the basic tenants of my life, I am nearly certain he/she wouldn’t have even been tempted to steal my water bottle, coffee cup, and headphones.

However, since that person didn’t know me, it was much easier to sin against me.

And this is true when it comes to our relationship with God. The better we know God, the less we will sin against God.

This Sunday, I look forward to sharing more about knowing God and the impact this growing relationship has on our everyday decisions. We will study from John 21:1-14 about the interaction Jesus has with the disciples while they are fishing on the Sea of Galilee and what this teaches us about knowing God. There is so much more…I sure hope to see you all at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity available) or 10:45 am, or you can watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.