Monday, March 17, 2014

Week 3/Day 15~ 21 days to a Positive Attitude (Sunday March 16)

Day 15 - Sunday
1) Every day write down 3 good things that happened that day for which you are grateful.   

A. Today's Blessing. Pastor Fred, the Sr. Pastor, spoke on 1 John 3 and "We have a hope which facilitates Transformation into a Christ like person." Click the title to view the notes on this sermon. The main points were the Key s to Hope:

 1. Right Doctrine on the Central issues about Jesus contained in the Nicene Creed, not the side issues like snakes, LGBT and denomination. Vs 22, 26
2. Abide in Christ as we all fall and slip away, but if you don't find your way back, you don't have this key and you need to know that your salvation may not be based of Jesus.vs 28. Vs 19.

3. Walking in righteousness. Vs 28 and 29.

It was point 1 that rung the bell.  I know that I am within the body of Christ because of points 2 and 3, but it was point 1 that freed me from the fear.

B. Anne and I offered to teach Tai Chi as a staycation event at our Church.  It appears as though they agree. 

C. I have survived 2 weeks post total knee replacement.  It hurts like )*&&())(** but it is getting stronger.

2) Journal about one positive blessing. One of the three, and explain why that good thing is better than the bad things that happened.

Today, after the worst night ever, due to the awesome amount of pain generated by yesterday's blessing of teaching Black Belt Workshop, I got to go to Church.  You have got to know, that I HATE to go to church now.  Why?  Because they fired me as a Sunday school teacher because I dare to translate the Bible a different way, and I awakened some homophobia in the Sunday School director.  

If I had been more aware, I would not have made the comment that allowed her to think I was a heretic, but for many years I have been studying the bible and all the "doctrine" that have been given to me that I am not comfortable with.  I am never sure, when I am uncomfortable, if it is me being human, or the Holy Spirit within me convicting me.  It is worse when the thing making you uncomfortable is a translation of the Holy Bible.  

Let me be clear.  I absolutely believe that the Bible is infallible.  It is, after all, the Word of God.  I believe that God does not change.  So, in this case, when what I feel and what I read don't agree, I am in turmoil.  In this case, after years of study, many many pastors, books, articles, prayer, more prayer, I, internally, took my stand.  Externally, I began to talk about it in the open, to allow the Holy Spirit to correct and guide me through my Christian friends.  For two years now that has guided me, corrected me, buttressed me and my wisdom grew.  As I was becoming comfortable with my stance, in the name of the Lord, backed by the word and the Spirit within me, I was beginning to feel convicted to stand up against an injustice that 47% of Christianity in the USA believe.  That is when I questioned the doctrine that insists that LGBT is a sin. That got me fired.  I Love teaching Sunday School.  I have a gift, from God, and I have spent 20 years glorifying Gods name through the actions of the children who come to Christ at my church, and I have been allowed to guide.  The church, or someone in the church, has told them I am not teaching because I have had knee surgery. Perhaps that is too strong. They have allowed the myth to persist that the surgery is why I am not there, and I know this because both the parents and the kids have asked when I am coming back from the break forced by my surgery.  (Never would have stopped because of the surgery by the way.)

Anyway, I go to the Oasis Room, the gathering & fellowship room for 50+ before service, so my wife can continue her service to Sunday School the half hour before the main service begins.  I picked this room because there was zero chance the children would find me there.  I was wrong.  They found me, and come in every Sunday to talk to me.  Blessing right?  No, Curse. The adults there use that as a reason to point out to me what a blessing I am to the children.  That hurts, because I am no blessing.  Officially, I am a heretic. I can't tell them the truth, because that will bring dissension within the church, and I can't lie, because, well, its a lie.  So instead I live in fear that I might have to tell one of the kids the truth.  So I hate going to church.  I live in fear. I shake. I sweat and I cry.  I hate it.

But I go.  The church is blessed beyond understanding.  The Holy Spirit is nearly palatable within the walls of the Church. The pastors are all spirit lead in a way that nearly scares me. I learn, I grow and I change to be closer to my Lord every time I go there.  So I go.

Point 1, the blessing of the day, overtook most of the pain from this bad situation, when the word of God spoke directly to my situation.  God, my Church, my pastors, my family and my life Rock.  Thanks be to God.

3) Meditate and detach from multi-tasking, by focusing on scripture~ read it, research it, think about how it might impact your life.

Jeremiah 29:11 I will bless you with a future filled with hope—a future of success, not of suffering.

This verse is one of the Grand Daddies of misuse.  In short, Jeremiah was talking to all of the people who were exiled, not to any individual.  For an in depth look at Jeremiah without the Rose Colored Glasses, click here.

4) One random act of kindness a week. You can do more. (Try one a day)

Volunteered to host a Staycation at Church

5) Pray. Lay down the hurtful things and gather strength. 

Done

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Rules for 21 Days to a Positive Attitude Click here

Day 2: Click Here. Day 3: Click Here. Day 4: Click Here.
Day 5: Click Here. Day 6: Click Here. Day 7: Click Here.
Day 8: Click Here. Day 9: Click Here. Day 10: Click Here.

Day11: Click HereDay12: Click HereDay13: Click Here.
Day14: Click Here.

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