In my family, etiquette is a big deal. Growing up, my parents demanded good manners. I had to sit up straight at the table, say “yes sir” and “no ma’am,” be on my best behavior at other people’s houses. In middle school, I was forced, along with many of my classmates, to attend weekly cotillion classes. If you grew up in the south, you may know what I mean. These classes were one part ballroom dancing and one part table manners, which is exactly what every middle school student wants to do after a long day of school.
For the last 3 and half years, we have attempted and achieved Kingdom Work! But, you know Kingdom Work in God’s Kingdom is never done. Doing Kingdom Work is a marathon event, it is not a sprint. It is an event that takes time, talent, endurance, and skills such as listening and applying what you have learned. News Flash! Nothing has changed in over 2,000 years.
Hello, for those of you who may not know me, my name is Kate Alvstad and I am a senior guitar major at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts for the next 30 some hours, but who’s counting? And this fall I will be moving to Boone to attend Appalachian State University where I will be majoring in Social Work.
Seldom do we do things alone or by ourselves. Now, there are a few private things that we do by ourselves, but those excluded a great deal of what we do as human beings is done in conjunction with and surrounded by other people.
Even more so in the life of the church or the faith community. What we do as Christians is surrounded by the fact we have people who are like us, support us, and promise to be with us through thick and thin.
Did you see this story last week? A guy from North Dakota accidentally ran a marathon. How do you accidentally run a marathon? I mean, I’ve had those runs where you’re just feeling it. Where you feel like you can go on forever. But, at most that means I’ll run like a couple miles more than I had planned. Never once have I thought, “Maybe I’ll just go ahead and, instead of running five miles today, I’m going to run 26.2 miles.” That just has never happened!