Haven’s Highlights – October, 2013

As October arrives, winter visitors return. As they do, even more opportunities present themselves. Choir, Dinner with Friends, Bible Study, (read Acts 16:5). Leaders return so committee and boards can continue their work. We had our SPRC meeting, and Administrative Council meeting was September 22nd.

In October, Haven will hold it’s Annual Church Conference, people will be able to serve at the food bank and the church cleaning day. The fact is, that even after all I have just shared with you, this is only the begins to tell the story of Jesus at Haven UMC.

I have learned from author James Mason that when possibilities abound, we must get aggressive and pursue those opportunities. John points out, “Activities usually don’t find you, you must find them.” He believes the reason most people don’t go very far in this life is because they sidestep opportunity and shake hands with procrastination. Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried. So when something presents itself and you feel you can and want to do it…join in! Don’t be out in the backyard looking for 4 leaf clovers when opportunity knocks on your door. I’m not certain you will find a 4 leaf clover in the desert, but you will find people who love the Lord and want to be about the Lord’s work. The danger is that we tell ourselves we have nothing to offer. We lie to ourselves. Are you waiting on opportunities waiting on you? I believe you should take the initiative and live your life on the offensive. William Menniger said, “The amount of satisfaction you get from life, depends largely on your own ingenuity, self-sufficiency, and resourcefulness. People who wait around for life to supply their satisfaction, usually find boredom instead.” No one at Haven UMC should be bored!

In fact, if there is something you want to do and it’s not offered, think about getting a group together to start something new. It has been noted, that vital churches should always be blessing what has been helpful in the life of the church and adding that which will help the church grow.

Albert Hubert remarked, “ People who want milk, should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of the fields and hope that the cow will back up to them.” The door to opportunity won’t open unless you push. It is always a bumpy, uphill road that leads to heights of greatness. “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds,” said Francis Bacon.

Have you ever noticed that great people are never lacking for opportunities? This certainly includes those people who find themselves in their golden years. Yes, life is full of opportunities. Every person has much to offer. Start with what you can do; don’t stop because of what you can’t do. Great opportunities will come as you make the most of the small ones. The best gifts we get are opportunities, not things. Seize them!

Pastor Mike


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