This one is from my brother, reflecting on the death and funeral of our uncle. Gary was described as "a servant of Jesus, disguised as a donut man." It's interesting to think of a career as our disguise - that cover that lets us sneak into a world that won't let us in otherwise. Gary was able to shine a light for people that may not have seen it otherwise. The sense of community that developed around him and his bakery was about much more than just the donuts. Are you using your disguise to make disciples or just to earn a paycheck?
The second post that's rattling around is from a Canadian youth minister whom I have yet to meet, but with whom I share an uncanny amount of interests. It contains this quote, from Margaret Feinberg:
"Anyone with a pulse can point out the ragamuffin qualities of a local assembly, but if you spend too much time focused on the stains, then you'll soon lose focus on our wildly infallible God. He is far more concerned with His church than you or I or a hundred pastors put together will ever be. He has a plan. He makes no mistakes. He will not fail."Never forget the church is His people living on His Mission, the church is His completely, and the church is unstoppable because He is unstoppable.