Making the connection may 20, 2018 warsaw community church k electric bill statement

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Think of someone who has had a positive impact on your life. Often what sets apart these folks isn’t their success, their charisma, or their intelligence. Many times we’re impacted by their attitude in the midst of trials, and their ability to accept the hand they’ve been dealt in life. My Grandpa John was that way. I have come to know him mostly through stories shared time and again at family gatherings. I’ve heard so many stories of how, despite personal challenges and turmoil, he would go out of his way to encourage others and show them he cared. He was always upbeat and gracious. Even casual acquaintances remembered him long after he’d passed out of their lives. While he was only in my life for my first 3 years, he made a lasting impact.

At the end of Genesis, we meet another figure who left a legacy thanks to his attitude and his willingness to accept what he’d be given (See Genesis 37-50). Joseph had every reason to seek revenge and lash out at others. He suffered a great deal throughout his life, yet his legacy isn’t that he got his revenge on his enemies. No, instead Joseph’s legacy is about resilience and forgiveness. He truly believed that God’s greater plan was working itself out through his life, regardless of any setback. In Genesis 50:20, the moment came when he got the opportunity to crush the brothers who wronged him, and this is what he tells them: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” How many people would’ve stewed for years, letting bitterness root into their hearts, just waiting for an opportunity to get revenge? Yet, Joseph trusts in God’s purposes and he releases any anger he had. Without Joseph first laying down his legitimate personal baggage (and he did lay it down), God couldn’t have used Joseph to impact Israel. That’s why Joseph has had a lasting impact that continues to this day.

God wants to use us to impact others today and He can’t do it if we allow a bad attitude or a tough circumstance to ruin our outlook on life. Choose to trust in the Lord and let Him use you to bring healing and hope to others. Leave a legacy by choosing to believe that God’s greater purpose in your life is a good one. Allow that hope to shape your attitude and relationship to others. –Nate Metler

It’s pretty hard NOT to have your life ruined when a church that claims to be one where people are welcomed, accepted, encouraged and equipped and NOT judged COMPLETELY rejects a person who is broken and hurting. Rejection should be the action of LAST resort – after all attempts at reconciliation have failed – and not the FIRST exit ramp, as you took. I came to see you on a Wednesday afternoon, having told you in advance that I was coming but not having a specific appointment set up. And for THAT, I am banned from worship? From women’s Bible Study? Because I came to see a PASTOR …. I’m now perceived as a dangerous threat to WCC? You KNEW how I had been hurt before and I TOLD you about 10 times that the way to stop my panic was to communicate with me but you chose to do JUST THE OPPOSITE and reject me in harshness and judgment. I’ve never seen body language or eyes filled with such contempt as yours were that day. I am haunted by it. Cruelty is having the ABILITY to alleviate suffering and choosing NOT to do it. You and the pastoral staff at WCC have been absolutely CRUEL to me.