Rats in The Cellar?

Last night I pulled out my CS Lewis collection and was leafing through Mere Christianity.  I love CS Lewis!  Anyway, as usual, he smacked me around. (You would be amazed at how many authors God uses to smack this goofy little preacher around.)

In chapter 7, Lewis talks about putting on Christ, and becoming more like Him until that is completely who we are.  He uses a personal illustration to show how often we fail to be like Him.  He said that at the end of the day as he reflects on where he has sinned that day, (most of don’t, yikes!) most of the time his failings involve sneering, snapping, or snubbing someone in the heat of the moment. (I am so with him there!!)

He goes on to mention that the excuse that often comes to mind is that he was caught off guard! He didn’t have time to collect himself and choose his words carefully.  But then he notes that “surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is!” (DANG! Read that line again!)

He illustrates it this way:

“If there are rats in a cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness of the provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man; it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am.  The rats are always there in the cellar, but if you go in shouting and noisily they will have taken cover before you switch the light on!”

So, what rats are in your cellar?


Sunday In Review

Yesterday was awesome!  Here are some highlights:

-We premiered KidzWorship!  KidzWorship is our new worship experience for 5 years old to 5th grade on Sunday mornings.  Yesterday we had KidzWorship with EVERYONE!  Everyone got to be 7 years old!  (And most of them liked it!)

-Gary.  I asked everyone to pretend they were 7 years old, and Gary took me seriously.  Almost immediately he threw something at me!  In perfect 7 year old form!

– Ed.  Leigh’s friend Ed that came took the day from good to great!  If you met Ed, you understand he has some challenges that most of us don’t have.  But he loved the KidzWorship!  In fact, as soon as we were finished he rushed me at the stage and aske dif he could have a copy of that.  And if he could have a copy of all the episodes.  He was overwhelmed with such joy!  It was amazing!

-It was great to see everyone up and moving and dancing!  It is a blessing to be able to provide such a high energy, high impact time every week for our kids.  We can NEVER go wrong investing time, energy and resources in our children!

– I am stinkin’ excited about our volunteers!  Bryan and Kathy are leading the first month, and Matt and Kara are up for month 2!  But we need more volunteers!  It is something both rewarding and exhausting!  If you have any questions, get in touch with me!

– Again, we had 50 people at DCC!  Woot!

– As good and fun as yesterday was, I believe with everything I am that the best is yet to come!  “Greater things have yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city!”

– I believe we brought Jesus praise and honor yesterday. We literally became like the little children. Sweet!

"Even Doe"

This morning was pretty sweet. Will, Tori and I made some muffins. (which made a bit of mess. them, not me!) While they were in the oven (the muffins, not the kids) Tori “read” out of her Bible story book. (Tori’s “reading” consists of her remembering the story from the pictures and her telling them in her own words.)

She found the page with the triumphal entry and Jesus at the cross. Her words went something like this:

“Jesus came into town on a donkey and everyone cheered for him.  All the women, all the men, all the 2 year olds.  And then Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  He died for us ‘EVEN DOE’ we all did bad things.”

Isn’t it great to be reminded of grace by a 3 year old.  Jesus loved, served and sacrificed for us, EVEN DOE we didn’t deserve it! Amen.