This week I noticed that the words Give, Go, Live now adorn the walls where we enter the Great Hall. They serve as both a wonderful reminder and as our marching orders that the mission of JCPC is to Give, Go, and Live.
A couple of weekend ago, I experienced the power of Give, Go, and Live through the Fishing for Missions trout fishing adventure hosted by Joe Araoz.
I have learned to trout fish from Joe who is a patient, persistent, and encouraging guide. Here Joe is helping me land a trophy trout on the Soque River in the north Georgia mountains. Catching a trout is tons of fun, but there is something else that happens when you go out on the river with a group. At the end of the adventure everyone tells how relaxed they have become and how their worries seem to fade away for a day.
The scripture I preached yesterday at the 9:00 a.m. service says "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it." One way that I encouraged the worshiper to think of this passage was that to lose your life is to get out of yourself. Our daily lives are so over-saturated with activities, stress, and worry, that we are more often guided by forces other than Give, Go, Live.
The beauty of Fishing for Missions is that you get to experience a relaxed, joy-filled day while supporting the mission of the church. Just think, if you participate in Fishing for Missions you will be guided by our Give, Go, Live instructions in two beautiful ways. You will experience a day like no other and the stress of your life will melt away. Also, you will be supporting the mission of JCPC and you will be touching the lives of those whom we serve in the mission field.
Have you thought of giving a fishing trip as a Christmas present? Click here for the flyer with all the details.
Joe is looking for a group to take out on the Soque River the last weekend of November.
Prayer for Today
Loving God, we thank you for times of fellowship which relax our souls and pray that you inspire us to serve in the mission fields to which your Spirit leads us. Amen.