What an awesome meeting we had last night!  We sat down to a dinner of roast beef, potato soup, spicy nacho bake and breakfast casserole.  For dessert we had carrot cake to celebrate the birthday of Les Sellers (which happens to be today).   While we had communion together, Rebekah and Aaron Warren talked about the message they had heard at Trinity that morning about God making things happen.

We retired to the living room and checked in with each other in a round of SASCHET. SASCHET is an acronym that we use to share our feelings with each other at the beginning of some of our meetings.  Sometimes, a person can have trouble coming up with feeling words to use when checking in, so this acronym comes in handy.  It stands for:

Sad
Angry
Scared
Confused
Happy
Excited
Tender

After we all checked in, Brandon shared a song that God had given him some new perspective on.  Here are the lyrics to the Beatles’ “And Your Bird Can Sing.”

You tell me that you’ve got everything you want
And your bird can sing
But you don’t get me, you don’t get me

You say you’ve seen seven wonders and your bird is green
But you can’t see me, you can’t see me

When your prized possessions start to weigh you down
Look in my direction, I’ll be round, I’ll be round

When your bird is broken will it bring you down
You may be awoken, I’ll be round, I’ll be round

You tell me that you’ve heard every sound there is
And your bird can swing
But you can’t hear me, you can’t hear me

Brandon had us imagine Jesus singing those lyrics to us.  I especially like the “you may be awoken” lyric.

This led to Adam sharing about God teaching him more about denying himself.  Matthew 16:24 says:

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (NIV)

We noted that the verse doesn’t say to deny himself something. It says deny himself. Many people search for their identity in accomplishments, in material possessions, or even in doing work for the kingdom.  Jesus doesn’t just want us to give up the things that we find our identity in.  He wants us to give up our identities so that our only identity is in Christ. Yes, we will have different personalities.  Yes, He will probably still give us work that we can do.  But where we find our value, our worth is in Christ.  The undeniable fact that Jesus loves us gives us more worth than we can get in anything else.

This led to the question posed by Wayne Jacobson at this year’s House2House conference.  If God never told you to do anything else for Him – never asked you to sing another song, to lead another soul to Christ, do another service project, or do anything else at all – would Jesus be enough for you?  Add to that, if no one ever recognized you for anything, if all the work that you do were credited to someone else,and  if you didn’t accomplish anything else for the rest of your life, would Jesus be enough for you?

After we talked and prayed,  April brought up a matter that we all need to pray about.  The children (the young ones) are getting very distracting during our meetings.  We need to pray for God’s guidance as to what we do with the children.  Maybe we can come together on Thursday and discuss what we’ve heard.