A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.
— Ken Keys
Good morning, friends! It's the next to the last Monday in July; can you believe it? Time marches on, for sure.
As a minister, one effective way to think of my personal "business" is that I'm in the moving business. I move too frequently to ever think I'm in a settled business. And just this weekend I thought about the differences among the many neighbors Kim and I have had. It was easy to pigeon hole my current and former neighbors, but then I was horrified to think: how would they pigeon hole me??? I quickly put the thought out of my head out of fear of reality. The quote for this week reminds us that we have more control over our reality than we might imagine. The quote makes me wonder: are we primarily receptors of culture or projectors of culture? At our best we should be projectors of culture, projecting the very kind of environment in which we choose to live. Do you remember how, as a child, you may have been fascinated to learn how magnets attract on one side and repel on the other? To a great degree we are all like magnets. Whatever we project we will attract, and at the same time we will repel the opposite of what we project. Do you see and feel love all around you? Or is your current experience less than loving, perhaps even as extreme as hostile? Whichever it is, it is not by chance or accident; it is intentionally a reflection of whatever you are projecting. What culture would you prefer? What surroundings would you like? In which would would you like to live? How would you like to be pigeon holed? The choice truly is up to you, and I have great faith you want all good things. So go out and project all good things! And remember I'm in your corner. Have a great week.