The Pax: Belding, Dipstick, Squatter, Sega, Swan, Defect, Pinto, Jefferson, Ginger, Mr. Rogers, CDC, (QIC)
Conditions: Much drier and warmer than outside.
Disclaimer: None given, though probably should have been. I am not a pastor. Please pardon my thoughts and opinions, as they may not align with your own. However, let’s have further discourse at another time so that I can finish what I prepared and everyone can get their kids to school and themselves to work. I am not being paid to be here, but signing me up to lead has ensured my presence. You are not being paid to be here, but doughnuts are good, so “why not?”.
Prayer Requests/Opening Prayer: Mr. Rogers
First off, my sincere apologies for ghosting my 3rd F Q a few weeks ago. I have no excuses, but glad I get a chance to share today what I had prepared. The last time I led 3rd F, I shared how I have struggled with anxiety. I’ve been reading Max Lucado’s book: Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World. To recap some of the main points we talked about, here is the acronym on one way to deal with anxiety:
C: Celebrate God’s Goodness
A: Ask God for help
L: Leave the concerns with Him
M: Meditate on good things
Over the past month we’ve seen yet another example of how chaotic our world is.
- How has the recent shooting in Florence affected you?
- What is another time in your life that the world felt especially chaotic?
Personally, work frequently feels chaotic to me (Balancing various aspects of my specialties. Dealing with the “dark side of pediatrics” with child abuse.) Home frequently feels chaotic (3 very loud and dramatic girls). One of the things I liked most about Ragnar recently was running 7.2 miles at midnight. The isolation, the quiet, the sounds of nature, were all comforting. I used that time to experience everything around me, to pray, to just enjoy being away from the chaos of the world we live in. So much has changed in my life over the past decade: lots of moves, the making and leaving of friends, the loss of my mother, the loss of my brother-in law. So much has changed in the past month. It’s easy to dwell on these things. But…there have also been amazingly wonderful things that have changed in my life in the past decade and are praiseworthy: my 3 children were born, I was able to be here for my sister through an extremely difficult time, I’ve been able to care for some amazing children and their families, I’ve found a brotherhood of believers that I look forward to being around and growing with.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phillipians 4: 6-7
I apologize for being so repetitive with this scripture, but I think for the first time in my life, I’ve identified a scripture passage that really speaks to me and will probably be a “life verse” for me (pardon the Christianese).
- How do you feel that this scripture might apply to what everyone experienced recently?
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 118:6
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Phillipians 3: 13-14
Belding said this morning, “CDC, you must be leading today, because that is the only time you show up to 3rd F.” Jokes on you Belding….I don’t always show up when I’m leading. Squatter brought up a good point today. It’s amazing how we have seen God’s word transform other people’s lives and our own, and yet we frequently seek anything else first (An example of our sinful predilection…no doubt.). Fortunately, we have a gracious Father that loves us even though we don’t deserve it! Thanks for allowing me to lead you today brothers and for your forgiveness. I continue to grow because of each one of you!
- Sign up to Q for 1st and 3rd (https://f3florence.org/) Go to the Menu and click on Q Calendar. Type your name in an open area next to a workout date.
- Prayers for the family of Officer Terrance Carraway-FPD
- Prayers and praise for: Officer Brian Hart-FPD, Officer Travis Scott-FPD, Officer Scott Williamson-FPD
- Prayers and praise for Deputy Arie Davis and Investigator Sarah Miller-FCSO
- Prayers for Investigator Farrah Turner’s family-FCSO
- Tomorrow, Saturday, October 27th, THERE WILL BE NO SCROOGE OR RUMBLE WORKOUTS! All PAX should meet at 1216 W. Evan’s St, starting at 6 AM to help A Choice 2 M8K Crisis Pregnancy Center move to their new address. Come help for as long as you can! Wear your F3 gear!