Sharing was a big deal during my upbringing, and it’s never really let go of me. As that is the case, I’d like to open up the first Monday of every month by sharing some happy pieces of the world with you. Philippians 4:8 says to dwell on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. I learned in studying this text that Paul was expecting believers to search for these kinds of things in all different arenas of life, not just within the church’s walls or on the shelves of a Christian bookstore.
Jesus called us to enter the kingdom like little children, so we permit ourselves the childish joy of a perpetual Easter egg hunt: only we search for tiny bundles of beauty and goodness and light throughout the world rather than shiny plastic eggs. Will you join me in hunting for the good scattered along our path, whether we’re taking communion or seeing the newest blockbuster, washing feet or surfing Facebook? There are display cases for grace and truth and mercy and peace everywhere. Dwell on these things; hunt for them like they’re loaded with the best sweetness imaginable. Because in reality, they are.
Some November gifts to point you toward
Sermon: Two Roads by John Lynch
A convicting (but oddly entertaining) message about how every believer must choose between trusting God and pleasing Him
Blog post: Ann Voskamp’s The One Song No Woman Can Afford to Miss
We all have music woven into our lives; how does your song affect you in the dark?
Business: Ashley Tucker’s A&L Company
A local woman of God started this fabulous little bath/body/home shop in her kitchen, and it hasn’t stopped growing.
Non-profit: The Pearl House
An African refuge for at-risk girls that pours Christ into every aspect of their lives.
Ice Cream: Breyer’s Salted Caramel
This doesn’t really need any explanation—it’s evidence of a good God, plain and simple.