I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
What’s happening in this Scripture?
This passage picks up at the beginning of Paul’s letter to the church of Philippi. One thing you can always count on with Paul is that he will open with praise for God in Jesus Christ. He begins on a positive note, giving God thanks for the church to whom he is writing. He also includes a prayer for the church. Here, he prays “that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.” I think his prayer for the church of Philippi could be the prayer for our churches today – may we continue to grow closer Christ in a way that provides an overflowing of insight and love.
For those following along, UUMC has been embarking on an endeavor to grow in our faith by paying particularly close attention to the words we speak – namely the complaints. Our goal is to make it 21 days straight without a complaint. My complaint-free goal has fluctuated, making it as far as 7 days straight before letting a complaint slip. This past week in her sermon, Beth talked about paying attention to the things that cause us to slip up. My most consistent complaint-causer is traffic. I’m getting better, but traffic just kind of gets to me sometimes. However, I’m happy to report that this week was better and I’m currently on day 5 of my complaint-free challenge! How is it going for you?
Something I’ve been doing to grow in my faith: Prayer
Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time talking with a friend of mine about prayer. The goal is simply to spend more time in prayer, spending more time with God and opening ourselves to God’s presence around us. We’ve tried a few different methods of prayer and are just trying to see what prayer practice resonates in our lives. I’ve really enjoyed the practice of spending some extra time with God in prayer – it’s remarkable what being a little more intentional about our faith practices can do to open us up to God.
Update on the Fort Worth Fried Chicken Tour
Today, we continued our search for the best fried chicken in Fort Worth with a recommendation from Chanda. Joseph, Chanda, and I had lunch at OOOwwweee Wangs n Catfish (http://www.ooowwweee.com/). I found that it’s hard to compare wings with other fried chicken. As I sat there eating what was possibly the best wing of my life, I realized that it’s just a completely different thing from Babe’s Fried Chicken. We decided there needs to be a sub-category within fried chicken for wings. So, while Babe’s holds the #1 spot for traditional fried chicken, OOOwwweee is undisputed in the wings sub-category. Joseph, Chanda, and I highly recommend it!
Quote worth pondering:
“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.” – Dale Carnegie
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