A couple of weeks ago, I started a series of blog posts about the importance of being values-driven (give a quick read to the introduction here).
I used to live near the bottom of a canyon in Colorado. A short drive would put me at the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park in beautiful Estes Park. The drive was picturesque, but it was treacherous. There were several switchbacks, tall canyon walls that would throw the occasional rockslide (or “rockalanches”, as Bryan calls them), large animals that hung out at the riverbank that followed the road, and a 3,000-foot increase in elevation.
Beautiful and deadly, much like myself (that joke was unavoidable). Actually, the road was carefully constructed and every major switchback had guardrails that would prevent motorists from launching their car off a cliff into a Class 5 whitewater river.
Values are like guardrails – they mark the safe places to travel.
Anyway, my second personal value is outlandish generosity. Take a look…
God gives to me so He can give through me. Everything I have is a gift from God; I will faithfully give back to Him and give generously to others in His name.
This morning, I said goodbye to a group of friends from The Church @ Clayton Crossings who are going to spend the next eight days sharing Jesus in Cuba. They’re practicing outlandish generosity by giving a healthy sum of their own money to further God’s Kingdom in a Third World country. They will continue to give as God allows them to meet hundreds of men, women, and children this week. I’m grateful for and inspired by their outlandish generosity.
I’m pretty sure God is, too.
What I need to remember:
• SERVE AT WITH LOVE FROM JESUS THIS SUNDAY NIGHT. The Church @ Clayton Crossings and With Love From Jesus have been partners in ministry for several years. With Love From Jesus helps provide food, clothing, and household items for families in need. Want to join the Sanders family and help serve for a couple of hours this Sunday night? We’ll meet at With Love From Jesus (209 S. Robertson Street) at 4:30 PM and will serve the last family around 6:30. For more information, send me an email.
• GIVING AS YOU’RE GONE. The season for traveling is upon on, and I can’t wait to jump in the car for a few road trips this summer. If jaunts away from JoCo are on your agenda this summer, you might want to take advantage of something that has helped the Sanders family remain faithful in giving back to God. You can set up a recurring tithe through PushPay on our website or on the C@CC app. As one wise person once said, automation trumps determination. God has been faithful to us, giving back to Him is a demonstration of our trust in Him (and is an act of obedience), and your faithful giving allows us to continue pointing people to Jesus. Thank you for your faithfulness!
What I’m reading
Questions and Ethics: Applying the Gospel to Tough Situations by Russell Moore.
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.