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Name: Kim
Date registered: March 3, 2012

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  1. Sandpiper's Thoughts: Selling Soap? — April 17, 2014
  2. Sandpiper's Thoughts: You Know How When… — April 15, 2014
  3. Sandpiper's Thoughts: Love is an open door — April 15, 2014
  4. connexions: Cameron and Easter — April 14, 2014
  5. Sandpiper's Thoughts: Missing God — April 14, 2014

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Apr 17 2014

Sandpiper's Thoughts: Selling Soap?

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Yesterday I posted about the conference I attended last week. The keynote speaker at the Opening Banquet talked about the value of story telling in the work we do.  She talked about her experience as a sales consultant.  She has found that those people who have a passion for what they are doing - those people who see purpose beyond selling - do a better job, and are in fact top "performers" in their fields.

The speaker had begun at Proctor and Gamble and is now, as I mentioned, a consultant in the field.  She's written books and travels across the country helping to train sales people (I gather).

The conference was for non-profit organizations, so that was her audience that night.  The next day at lunch, I sat with a planned giving officer from a college in the Midwest.  He shared that he was offended (my word) by the keynote speech the night before.  I was shocked because I thought it had been a great talk.  What was offensive about it?

He did not think the work we do should ever be compared to selling soap.  Personally, I think he missed the entire point.  She wasn't equating non-profit work with selling soap.  She was saying that whatever we are doing - spreading the good news about the mission of a non-profit, raising children, teaching Bible Study, and even selling soap, will be done better if we have a passion for it.  The key to having a passion for something is seeing its purpose, I think.

The biotech salesperson the consultant used as an example was inspired by someone telling her that the product the salesperson is selling changed the patient's life.  The salesperson always remembers that what she does improves people's lives.  Non-profit work isn't selling soap; the point is that selling soup can have the same passionate mission as non-profit work.

I think the lesson for me is that whatever you are doing can have a God-given purpose that will inspire you. And when you are inspired, you will do a better job, because you believe what you are doing matters.

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Apr 15 2014

Sandpiper's Thoughts: You Know How When…

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Last week I attended a conference.   The keynote speaker told us to use more stories in the work that we do.  That's not a new idea for me - we use stories all the time in the work we do at the Foundation.  It's so easy to see the presence of God working through the stories of people's lives.

This morning, thinking about her talk, I wondered if one of her prompts could also be used in our ever challenging call to tell of God's good news.  The speaker suggested that we tell people what we do by starting with the phrase, "You know how when?"

An example from the work I do:  "You know how when a person has a call from God to help fund ministry but doesn't have the means to do it?  I help that person to find a way through his situation so that he can answer that call."

So, what about telling God's story?

You know how when you think God is calling you to do something, but you aren't sure what it is?  I was in that situation, and God helped me to discover what I was to do.

You know how when you see a person, sitting alone in church, and you aren't sure what to do?  God gave me the words to say and the courage to say them.

You know how when you have a need to contribute, but you aren't sure how to do it?  God has given me the opportunities to use the gifts he has given to me, and my life is so very much enriched.

You know how when you wish you had someone to talk to about spiritual issues?  God has placed friends in my path who share that need to grow spiritually.  They are a joy.

So, what is your "you know how when?"  Think about it, and then share it.

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Apr 15 2014

Sandpiper's Thoughts: Love is an open door

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Have you seen the movie "Frozen"?  It's a great movie.  Go see it, or I guess by now I should say, "Go rent it."  It's a great story.  Even though it's animated, don't wait around for a young person to give you an excuse.  Just watch it.

One of the songs in the movie is called Love is an Open Door.  I really like the song.  I don't want to write any spoilers, but there are reasons that at the end of the movie that you might NOT like the song. Even so, I love the idea of the song.  Love is an open door.

Think about the United Methodist statement of Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors (I never get them in the right order, so excuse that).  What are they really saying?  I think it is the same -- Love is an open door.

Love opens our hearts, it opens our minds and it should open our doors.  Doors become automatically open when love comes in.  We open the doors to let people in, and we open the doors so that we can go out. Love opens the doors.

Has love opened the doors of your church?  Of your home?  Of your heart and mind?  What doors still need to be opened?  

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Apr 14 2014

connexions: Cameron and Easter

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Here’s a letter I emailed to the British newspaper the i, printed yesterday (14 April): I’m delighted and encouraged to hear that David Cameron has stressed the importance of explaining to young people the significance of Easter. Presumably that will include emphasising that, fundamentally, the resurrection was God’s vindication of Jesus of Nazareth, the northern [...]

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Apr 14 2014

Sandpiper's Thoughts: Missing God

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Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ (John 2:19)

Many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree.  Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying, "We heard him say, "I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.'" But even on this point their testimony did not agree (Mark 14:56-59)

The devotional I read this morning (Journey to the Cross: Reflecting on 24 Hours that Changed the World by Adam Hamilton) points out that the testimony offered at Jesus's trial by the Sanhedrin misquotes what Jesus said.  Jesus is, of course, referring to his body in the passage from John.  The testimony in the Mark passage states that Jesus is going to destroy the temple and then three days later build it back.  According to Hamilton, "Threatening to destroy it [the temple] would be an act of terrorism and blasphemy."  Remember, this is where God dwelt - in the temple.  Imagine your reaction if you believed that, and someone was threatening to destroy it.

Jesus hadn't said he was going to destroy the Temple.  He had said that when his body (the temple) was destroyed, it would be built back in 3 days.  Hamilton goes on to say, "When Jesus walked into the Temple courts, the glory of the Lord entered that place."  And yet, those present didn't recognize him.

How often do we not recognize Jesus?  Do we believe God still walks among us?  Do we ignore him?  Do we not see him?  Do we purposefully keep our minds, hearts and eyes closed to the presence of the Lord, or are we so busy, that we just miss God?

Perhaps today we can intentionally keep watch.

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Apr 14 2014

connexions: Logos incarnandus according to R.S. Thomas

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The Coming And God held in his hand A small globe. Look, he said. The son looked. Far off, As through water, he saw A scorched land of fierce Colour. The light burned There; crusted buildings Cast their shadows: a bright Serpent, a river Uncoiled itself, radiant With slime. On a bare Hill a bare tree saddened The sky. Many people Held out their thin arms To it, as though waiting For [...]

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