Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

“By Our Actions, We will Share Christ’s Love!”



Sometimes we can want things so badly that we build them up in our mind to be more than what they really are.  If that sounds strange, let me explain using an event from many years ago that taught me an important lesson.
Carol and I were living in a custom-built house in the rapidly growing suburbs on the west side of Albuquerque. It was everything we’d always wanted … but after a couple of years somehow something seemed lacking. What could it be? Of course! It was our inadequate automobile situation. We owned a Subaru station wagon. It was everything we wanted … reliable, good mileage, responsive, etc … unfortunately at the moment in question we had three children who each needed a car seat and our well-loved little Subaru was barely wide enough to fit them into the back seat. The source of my general uneasiness seemed to be obvious. We needed a new car. About that time, some friends bought the newest Chrysler product … a mini-van! Eureka!
I wanted a mini-van so badly I could taste it!  We looked and shopped and priced and read consumer reports until I knew everything about the vehicle that there was to know.  I knew how much they cost the dealer, and how much mark-up the dealer added, and how much they would take off in price negotiations.  I used to drive home from work, thinking about how great it would be to have that new car.  How wonderful it would feel … how nice we’d all look in it, etc…  Well, about a year after starting the ‘shopping’ process, we bought one — brand new!  About two weeks later I was driving it home from work and I realized … that it wasn’t nearly as much fun or as satisfying as I thought it would be.  It turns out that the wanting was a lot more exciting than the having!
We each can fall into the trap of wanting things because of some intangible feeling or quality that we think they’ll give us. They’ll make us feel good, we think, or look sexy, or appear successful; they’ll help us impress our friends and REALLY make a statement. But then, once we’ve got the THING, reality hits home.
The reality is that feeling good about yourself doesn’t come from objects which surround us. Feeling good about ourselves comes from inside us. We get caught in the trap of buying something, which doesn’t make us feel as good as we thought, so we begin to desire something else which will bring the desired results. But, the results are the same with the new doodad. It can be cars, or jewelry, or electronic gadgets, or art, or books, or antiques, or any one of a million other things … but the result is always the same. Emptiness. Something is missing.
Feeling good about ourselves starts with our relation to God. Feeling good requires that we each accept and love ourselves as we are, recognizing our weaknesses, and celebrating our strengths. God loves us just as we are, and Jesus was sent as proof of that love. Accepting Christ as our Savior is the way we internalize and accept that love. It provides a foundation to truly feeling good about ourselves … a foundation to a life free of the artificial desire for THINGS, and the genuine desire for building a rich relationship with Jesus.
Recognizing that the THING I wanted more than all else didn’t help fill the hollowness of living from acquisition to acquisition and started a process which eventually led Carol and I to investigate a new United Methodist church being started near us. Looking inward and starting a journey with Jesus eventually provided a way of finding happiness, satisfaction, and joy that didn’t depend on THINGS.
The Apostle Paul stated something similar when he wrote: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”
See you in church.
Pastor Dave
WORSHIP INVITATION – Roaring Fork Methodists are inviting you to Worship via Zoom.  Please click on the link in the invitation below to join us.
Topic: Roaring Fork Worship
Time: Jul 25, 2021 09:45 am
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JULY 25 REMINDERS –  GREETERS: James and Julieta Parker
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