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October Message from the Pastor
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Farmers Brown’s pig enjoys eating, in fact, that is the one thing that he really spends time doing. He can usually be found under the large oak tree in the corner of Farmer Brown’s pig pen. He especially likes it there because that part of the pig pen has everything he needs.
In the hot summer time, Farmer Brown’s pig enjoys the shade of that large oak. He can spend hours there in the coolness of the shade of that tree. Although he enjoys that shady spot a great deal, he never bothers to look up to see what makes the ground a good place to be.
Under that same tree is a big mudhole that Farmer Brown’s pig wades around in and lays down in several times a day. The rain that fell from the sky keeps it filled, but the pig never bothers to look up and see where the water comes from. He just enjoys the mudhole.
In the fall of the year, he eats bushels of acorns that fall from the tree. He finds them on the ground and gobbles them up without ever looking up to see where they came from. He uses them for his good, but he never looks higher than the ground on which he finds them.
Farmer Brown’s pig spends his time enjoying his “blessings” without looking up. He never thinks about where all of those good things he likes comes from. We laugh at him, but when we fail to realize that God is the source of many good and perfect gifts that come from on high, we are much like the pig. DON’T BE GUILTY OF LOOKING DOWN WHERE YOUR BLESSINGS HAVE FALLEN WITHOUT LOOKING UP TO SEE WHERE THEY HAVE COME FROM!
Toward the end of this month of October the Stewardship & Finance Committee will begin the publicity for the upcoming annual stewardship campaign. Commitment Sunday this year will be November 12th. This season of harvest is a time when you are asked to look up and count your many blessings. As God blesses us we should be willing to return a share of those blessings. Giving back to God shows that we know where our many blessings come from and shows that we are thankful to God for what He has given us.
Many Blessings, Pastor Scott