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Bigger in the Kingdom




The new world trade center building, built on the site of where the twin towers came down that awful day in September 2001, has now been designated the tallest building in the US standing 1776 feet tall. This immensely tall building is meant to leave us in awe.

We Americans think that bigger is better. More is always better than less. If two pills are good 4 are better. "Go big or Go home!" is one of our favorite sayings.

But consider what Jesus says about the Kingdom of God. Jesus compares the Kingdom to the mustard seed, the most minuscule of seeds, that grows into a large shrub. He goes on to compare the Kingdom to yeast in bread, which is also very small and yet when you put yeast in dough, increases its volume two or three times. And today, Jesus tells us that even someone who just gives a cup of cool water to one of the little ones will not lose their reward.

The life of faith is about increasing trust in God, being more and more open to trusting that Kingdom values are what life is about, not the values of the world. Such a relationship is built in little steps, often in small unseen ways. The transformation of the human heart, particularly one that has lived for a while on this earth is a slow process. It takes many many drops of love to drip their way past our heart's warren of defenses and touch our soul. Perhaps this is why Jesus says we must come to the Kingdom as a little child does: trusting and loving unconditionally. These are difficult for us adults to do. It takes years of little steps, small bubbles of yeast to bubble up for an adult to be reborn as a child.

I recently viewed a video online of a graduation speech delivered by, of all people, the comedian Jim Carrey. He said some very profound things: things that he learned from his experience of being homeless and living in a car before he hit it big in show business. One of the things he said was: "The greatest currency we have is how we make others feel."

If we make one person feel better about their life circumstances, about themselves. If we comfort them, heal them in some way, or if we just make them smile, even a little. We have a profound affect on that person. We will begin to form a shared bond, a relationship with that person or reinforced one we already share.

Expand the circle of relationships you have by making someone you don't know, feel better and that small step will build the trust, the faith you need to do even more. It will be yeast in your soul and put a spring in your own step.

Few of us will ever be one of the great saints of the world: a Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. or Archbishop Oscar Romero, or Mother Theresa. But even Mother Theresa's great ministry began with the simple act of giving a person dying on the street a clean place to die. That is all. That one small act of kindness led to a lifetime of ministry.

I often kid my friend Jack and I tell him that he is just 3 miracles shy of sainthood, that's all! He is so close, I tell him. But as usual, I am wrong. Jack is not 3 miracles away from sainthood. Perhaps, Jack and I and the rest of us are just one cold cup of water away... from everything we've ever dreamed or hoped for.

Peace-

+Jeff


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© June 2014 by The Rev. Jeff Douglas


St. Thomas is a vibrant, welcoming, Christian community cultivating mind, body & spirit through worship, fellowship, and service, loving our neighbors as ourselves

The Rev. Jeff Douglas, Rector

Our Staff:
       Musician:
       Jonathan Johnston
       Secretary:
       Lisa Forbes

Our Vestry:
       Bubba Peele,Sr. Warden
       Jim Shotwell, Jr. Warden
       Barbara Outland, Clerk
       Ernie Carter,Treasurer
       Jamie Johnson
       Lindsay Vaughan
       Gretchen Simons
       Hugh Davis
       Patsy Jones
       Daniel McCamish

Parish Committees:
       Parish Hall:
       Bubba Peele
       Events:
       Barbara Outland
       Kitchen:
       Ernie Carter,
       Mary C. Pierce
       Garden Committee:
       Charles & Lois Sawyer
       Bazemore Garden
       Planning Committee:

       Martie Tayloe,
       Colin & Patsy Jones,
       Gretchen Simons,
       Dicky & Becky Hoggard
       Lobster Feast:
       Jim & Linda Shotwell

WORSHIP
       Altar Guild:
       Mary C. Pierce        Acolytes:
       Charles Sawyer
       Flower Guild:
       Ernie Carter,
       Martie Tayloe,
       Patsy Jones

EDUCATION:
       Adult Sunday School:
       Carolyn Peele
       Children's Sunday
       School:

       Gretchen Simons
       & Beth Douglas

PASTORAL CARE:
Becky Hoggard,
Vicki Blandchard
& Jerrie Taylor

LONG RANGE MAINTENANCE PLANNING
       Patsy Jones
       Jim Shotwell
       Jamie Johnson
       Jack Tayloe
       Mike Steczak

RECTOR'S COMPENSATION COMMITTEE:
       Bubba Peele
       Ernie Carter
       Daniel McCamish
       Gretchen Simons

If you would like to volunteer or have ideas about how St. Thomas' can have a more effective ministry in these areas, contact the appropriate person and make St. Thomas' ministry even better.