Favorite Things

Jul 21st 2009

Do you have favorite things?  Most of us do — favorite foods, favorite moments, favorite people, favorite stories.  We — the Nolds — just got a box in the mail today from “The Online Candy Shop.”  It contained one of our favorite foods — Duncan Hines Bakery-Style Blueberry Streusel Muffins with crumb topping. Don’t laugh if you haven’t tried them.  We can’t find them in the store anymore so we googled and ordered.  We have another 18 boxes coming.  Breakfast delight.

What are your favorite things?  I love watching the sun set over the pond at Harvest Fields.  Lately a favorite thing is dinner on the back patio with my family.  Jeep drives with my wife…and my new gps (that’s a post for another time.)

One of my other favorite things is watching people get it when it comes to servanthood.

I have one guy who won’t quit sending me e-mails until we get him a nursing home where he can serve the elderly.  I spent time yesterday talking to a young woman who has given her life to serve as a teacher and church leader in Kurdish Iraq.  Meanwhile I responded on facebook to a dentist who is taking vacation to do dental work in the Dominican Republic and I keep getting updates from a team of people serving in Rwanda.  Last Saturday a team of people from Calvary showed up to help a family move — seemed like there were about a hundred!

I loved watching my kids get it when we wen to Myanmar to serve at the orphanage.  My wife has “had it” for a long time, I just love watching her in action.  This week both of my sons are joining 90-100 teens and leaders from seven different congregations from Centre County, to spend the week serving the community.  (Check out the CDT story HERE).  We call it SOS — summer of service.  For many of them, this will be their summer camp experience.  They do some Bible stuff in the morning and then go serve the rest of the day — and I’m confident that if they don’t get it on day 1, by the end of the week, they will.  And when they do — it’s one of my favorite things.

So don’t forget to take some time this summer to “get it.”  Find a place, or find a person to serve.  You may find that it becomes one of  your favorite things.