Yesterday’s message …
- Came from Galatians 4:1-7, not a section of Scripture normally associated with Christmas;
- Celebrated how Paul reveals that family as much as forgiveness is at the heart of faith;
- Led to this bottom line: You can stop fighting for approval and start living from it.
- That bottom line led to a closing worship moment where people received an “Approved” stamp on the back of their hands. It went exactly how we envisioned it would. People used the stamps as conversation starters and church connectors throughout our area on Sunday afternoon.
Some of you may know this and others don’t, but there is one stat that I find especially interesting. It’s this: in raising kids, it takes nine positive affirmations to offset one negative in the mind of your child. I’m not saying it’s FAIR, moms and dads, I’m just saying it IS. Now when some of you parents hear that stat, it’s like a punch in the gut and you want to race out because you KNOW you’ve got a lot of affirming to do; you’ve got quite a bit of ground to make up. Others here who are a bit older, you know realize why your child-rearing years were such a strain and there are still so many scars: you were trying to be helpful, you wanted your criticism to be constructive, but now you know that what was RECEIVED was more than what was intended. It’s all so tricky … like the mom who finished a frankly nerve-wracking drive w/ her daughter behind the wheel w/ learner’s permit. Mom got out of the care and said, “thank you!” Daughter answered: “anytime.” Mom replied: “I wasn’t talking to you.”