For your consideration….

It is easy to jump in and get “knee deep in the hoopla.” It is much harder to stand back observe and then think about a course of action. The world needs good observers and thinkers.

I have a game I sometimes play with my middle schoolers in social studies. I will ask questions that expand on their lesson. Questions that make them think about what is not in the book, similar instances today or how they influenced our world today. I say to them, “I am not necessarily looking for the right answer. I am looking for students who can tell me their thought process on how they got to their answer. I am looking for thinkers.”

That is exactly our message today. Our conclusions may be right or they may be wrong. What is most important is that they are ours. We observed, we thought it through and we came to a conclusion and course of action. We did not just follow along with the crowd and assume someone in it had done due diligence observing and thinking.

The universe as we know it is a joint product of the observer and the observed.”

Pierre Tielhard de Chardin

We are called to be observers and thinkers.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take….

-Meditate/pray…as…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all.”

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Observe, think for yourself and come up with your course of action.

What made me smile yesterday…..

-A perfect day to sit outside all day.

-Alex and I got to spend a lot of time together.

-We went to 2 softball games for Mac in Adrian, AJ’s soccer game in Kalamazoo and then back to Whitmore Lake for Mac’s back to back basketball games.

-A family dinner.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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