Do you ever get angry when something isn’t exactly right? I remember watching a certain customer order a beverage at Starbucks. I was with my brother at the time (Mike is a Starbucks fanatic.) Anyway, this customer ordered some sort of tea latte with skim milk and no foam. (I thought tea only came as sweet or unsweet.) The customer had a conniption fit when the beverage was made with whole milk and served with the foam. The whole day seemed ruined simply because the morning beverage wasn’t prepared in the correct manner.
I understand the basic laws of commerce: we want what we pay for. But there is another lesson in all this, and it’s a lesson on perspective. Jesus had something to say about perspective: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6: 21) “For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?” (Matthew 16: 26)
Our world teaches us to focus on the things that are trivial. We can get so caught up in the little things that we forget the big things. Perspective is everything; it’s about remembering what’s truly important. It’s about getting angry over children going to bed hungry or religious persecution happening around the world.
Our church was blessed with a new perspective as we hosted Matt and Sarah Rideout. As missionaries in Haiti, the Rideout’s purpose is to create a lasting impact on the children of Haiti. Their goal is to develop a piece of coastal property and turn it into a Christian camp for the orphans of Haiti. Imagine a program that fosters spiritual growth and relationships. Imagine a program that addresses immediate needs but also includes the eternal needs of these children.
Matt and Sarah have a wonderful vision for ministry and it’s one that we should support as a congregation. Any contribution directly given to the Rideouts is tax deductable and can be designated to any specific area of their ministry. Contributions can even support Matt and Sarah directly as they are not given any salary. As missionaries, they live off the contributions of supporting churches.
Please visit: www.therideoutfamily.org for more information and to make personal contributions. You can also support our church’s efforts as we support this ministry.
In Christ’s Service,
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