Aug. 4 – Focus on Heaven

Do not look at the elephant!

A scientist asked people to carefully watch basketball players pass a ball from one person to the next and count the number of times that players in white uniforms touched the ball. During the short video a man wearing a gorilla suit walks through the scene. Later, when asked about the gorilla, most observers never noticed him.

The Letter to the Colossians reminds Christians:

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you indeed were called in the one body.

Colossians 3:14-15 (NRSV)
Elephant eye

When we focus on what is truly important we are better at finding opportunities that advance the Kingdom of Heaven. On the other hand merely pointing out errors and complaints we get distracted. But appreciating our successes, often leads to more successes.

I will have more to say about Colossians 3:1-17 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 4th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

Sharing is one of the hardest concepts for children to learn. Often adults struggle with this as well.

When I was in graduate school, I had skipped lunch and had stayed at my desk until well after dinner. I was so hungry I ordered a whole pizza for myself, then ate all but one slice. Years later, I now know that I would have had a more enjoyable meal if I had invited a stranger to share a slice or two with me.

How do you encourage your children to recognize opportunities to share?