"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." Joan Walsh Anglund
"Sometimes I go about pitying myself, when all the while I am being carried by great winds across the sky." OJIBWA Saying
"What good is a clear mind if not wedded to a tender heart?" Jack Kornfield
"You can pick all the flowers but you can't stop the spring." Pablo Neruda
"Only when people made up their minds that they wanted to be free, and took action, was there a change." Rosa Parks
In February (Black History month and March being Women’s History month) we recognized the birthday of Rosa Parks, which was on February 4, 1913, and I came across this saying of hers, which captivated me. In addition to this quotation, Rosa has said people have always said she was physically tired, which was why she sat down on that segregated bus and wouldn't give up her seat back in 1955. However, Rosa said it was because she was tired of giving up and giving in. Her modest and humble spirit ended up changing some of the core practices of racism in the South. I have never heard of Rosa Parks ever taking a whole lot of credit for that change, but, she knew that for anything to happen which would create positive change...it would be: action, commitment and courage, and that spoke powerfully enough.
Last month we also had our 4th Revival here at CUMC. Let me extend my gratitude to our District and our Superintendent for his vision and his determination to instill in us the vital importance of Revival, Renewal and Revitalization. To CUMC, you were stellar again in hospitality, worship and ushering. They have not selected our church just for our central location, but for our incredible witness of Grace and Service!
I love the theme of the Revival selected by our District Superintendent, Schuyler Rhodes, whose new book "Shouting Joy to the Storm," is being released soon. I had a wonderful time working on that theme with my text and title, "Count It All Joy..." (James 2:1-4) and "Joy Matters."
I will not attempt to preach the message in this limited space, but one of my references and illustrations was from the “Book of Joy” by Tutu and Dalai Lama. Here are their eight pillars of joy worth remembering and implementing: Perspective, Humility, Humor, Forgiveness, Acceptance, Gratitude, Compassion and Generosity. How do we rate ourselves on the pillars?