One of the great conveniences that I so enjoy is that of having a Bluetooth connection for my iPhone in my car. It’s not so much for the music streaming capability or GPS (even though I use that a lot being directional challenged) but rather for the opportunity to make some necessary phone calls between destinations. Member calls. Hospital calls. Parish business calls. I guess you can say I have a hard time just sitting still.

Just as important, as it is to be productive, having a Bluetooth allows me the time to keep in touch with my family, especially my Dad. When driving home from the parish or to an appointment I make it a priority to give him a call. Why?I like to check up on him and to hear his voice. He’s also a person of wisdom, in his own special way, that helps to keep me grounded. One of his favorite statements of wisdom when I’m worked up about anything and nothing in particular, ‘Boy, remember who you are!’It’s his way of reminding me where I come from and who I represent. I am his son, unique in my own special ways, but ultimately, I am God’s creation called to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

In Ephesians it says that ‘you are God’s work of art.’ What this says is that God is a brilliant Creator. God makes only originals—not copies. God makes us all unique. So never try to be someone else. Just be yourself. It doesn’t mean that you cannot improve or grow. Growth is part of God’s plan. And we can certainly learn from others by following in their footsteps by imitating better actions and behaviors. But, in the end, God has made us the way we are for a reason—God’s reason. Not everyone is going to like you. You can’t always please everyone. So, make it you goal to please God by following in the footsteps of Jesus—loving the ‘Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul and your neighbor as yourself.’

Again, ‘remember who you are!’God’s creation. Just be who God made you—without fear—fulling God’s plan for you.

Pastor Brown <><

February Spirit