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Springfield Today May 15, 2018

May 20, 2018 by  
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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

It’s Button Poppin’ Season!

It’s college and high school graduation season and so a whole lot of buttons will be poppin’ as parents swell up with pride for what their kids have accomplished.

I know the Scripture says that God hates pride and arrogance. (Proverbs 8:13)

I know God’s holy, inspired Word says, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace…” (Proverbs 11:2)     And “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs16:18)

I know it also says “A man’s pride brings him low…” (Proverbs 29:23)

But I also know that Paul, when speaking of his spiritual children, the Corinthians, wrote “I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you.” (II Corinthians 7:4)

So I’ve decided as parents we can have Pauline-type pride not disgraceful-bring-destruction-type pride.

So, when I look at my kids I have pride. I’m proud that Nathan takes on cases and will defend those who have no one to defend them. I’m proud of the dad and husband I see him being.

I’m proud of Lauren and the Christ-centered mom and wife she is. I’m proud of the example she sets for her children and other young moms. I’m proud of the moral and ethical standards she lives by and holds to in all situations of life.

I’m proud of Ashley and her compassion for the underdog and her willingness to go the second and third miles to help anyone. I’m proud of her non-judgmental attitude toward others and how she is always willing to help anyone.

I remember a few years back how proud I was of her when she walked across the stage at Loyola

University and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work. All of my kids have advanced degrees and I am

proud of them all – but school didn’t come as easy for Ashley as it did the other two.

In third grade it was suggested that we hold her back and have her repeat the third grade.  But one teacher saw Ashley’s potential and told us she would catch up with the other kids because of her work ethic, and she recommended we let her struggle on.  So we did.

It wasn’t until Middle School that Ashley earned her very first A.  She liked how that made her feel, and so she began to work harder than most students to earn her C’s, B’s, and occasional A’s.  In high school Ashley still learned best by hearing rather than reading, so many nights she would sit by me on the couch and I would read her assigned reading to her.

In college I watched her map out her semester assignments because she would never be able to complete them if she waited to do them until near the end of the semester, like many college students.  And because of her discipline and hard work she graduated from Olivet and was accepted in the advanced standing program at Loyola, which let her complete a two-year Masters program in 10 months.  And then to see her receive her Masters with a 3.8 GPA really made me proud to have a daughter who works hard, perseveres, sticks to it no matter what, while all the while never losing her great compassion for the underdogs of this world.

As I thought about how proud I am of all of my kids and their many accomplishments, I also thought, if an earthly father can be proud of his children, have you ever thought how proud your Heavenly Father is of you when you act with great integrity, and great courage, and great perseverance?

Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing!”

Imagine that, God your Father is so proud of you that He rejoices over you with singing!  I wonder what song it is He sings over you?

So here are two things to think about today:

#1 – Are you living your life in such a way that it makes your Father proud of you?

#2 – What song do you think your Father is singing over you?

 

What You Need to Know…

VBS staff dinner meeting is TOMORROW, May 16th at 5:30pm. Come join the fun and volunteer for VBS.

This Sunday, May 20th will be our All-Church Potluck. Invite your family and friends to join us for a time of food and fellowship. Please bring a family-sized side dish or dessert to share.

Neighborhood Connection Volunteer Sign-Up will be Sundays, May 20th & 27th. Volunteers are needed to set up, bake goodies, bake whole cakes, and work the event. Volunteers are also needed on June 6th at noon to walk the neighborhood and pass out the flyers.  How can you help make this year’s event successful?

Sunday School Promotions will be June 3rd at 9:30am in the gym. After promotions, the children will go to their new classroom with their new teacher. Adult Sunday School classes are invited to stay and visit over coffee and continental breakfast.

Celebrate the High School graduation of Sophia Sanguedolce, Lucy Wubker, and Brenna Young on June 3rd from 2-6pm in the Family Life Center.

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