Random acts of kindness: Selfless acts performed by a person or people wishing either to assist or to cheer up an individual or people.
Metro - this Sabbath we all are going to perform random acts of kindness in our community, while simultaneously promoting our upcoming Destined series! We know that inviting people to come to church is sometimes a scary or uncomfortable task, so we're making it easy - you'll do something unexpectedly nice for a random person, which will include giving them one of our series postcards.
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" - strong words from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but they don't quite apply to Ebola. Thousands of people have died from the disease. However - fear causes us to panic and often believe things that aren't true. The best way to combat fear is to know the facts. So we want to share the facts, as we have them today, about Ebola.
First - as far as medical personnel can tell, Ebola is not an airborne disease. Persons who have contracted the disease have had contact with somone who had the disease. The virus is transmitted through
direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids (feces, semen, saliva, urine) of someone who has the Ebola virus
contact with objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated by the blood or bodily fluids of someone who has the Ebola virus
Today I visited Restoration Praise Center. Yes, yes - this is not cause for disfellowship; just keep reading. :-) The RPC men were away on retreat, and Pastor Dean Waterman from CPC was the guest speaker. The title of his sermon was "The Great(er) Disappointment" - I stole my blog title directly from him - and he spoke about the Great Disappointment of 1844. He went all the way back to William Miller and Hiram Edson! (If you don't know who those people are, it's time for you to spin up on Adventist history; Google can help you.)
I hadn't thought about the Great Disappointment in...well, maybe not since we studied it when I was in Pathfinders. As Pastor Waterman talked, I began to think about it kind of seriously. What must it have been like to wake up on October 23, 1844, and still be on earth - in your same house - when you'd been telling everyone for the past week, past month, maybe even the past year that Jesus was coming on October 22? Some of those people had sold property. They'd shut down their businesses and let crops go to ruin. They'd probably alienated family and friends by their insistence that said family and friends needed to repent or they'd be in hell on October 23. And then Jesus didn't come. How crushing was that????
"Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them."
This greatness thing can be a little confusing. If Oprah knew she was destined for greatness, does that mean she was born great? Her humble beginnings would lead one to think not. How about those who have greatness thrust upon them? What exactly does that mean? Does it mean they didn't really do anything to deserve greatness, other than, perhaps, be born with a famous last name?