Words from the Pastor

February 2015

In September of 2003, a story began circulating on the Internet about supposed “research” done at Cambridge University regarding reading perception. Read the following paragraph to find out

“Aoccdring to rseearch at Cmabrigde Uinervt isy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe .

Pretty amazing, huh? Whether this research was actually conducted or not, if you were able to quickly grasp the meaning of the previous paragraph, you get the point – we tend to focus on patterns of letters more than individual letters within words.

I think this is similar to volunteering to work on a church committee or board. Sometimes we think we need to have a broad and exhaustive comprehensive set of qualifications, before we can be of any use to the Lord. But our Lord promises to work within us and to use us as his men and women for his purposes. He knows we are broken and in need of forgiveness, grace and mercy. He knows we’re not perfect, and like the earlier paragraph, knows we don’t always have all of the letters in the right place. We are God’s workmanship, created for good works that He has prepared in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10).

If the Lord is nudging you to participate in the life of this church – Elder, Deacon, Prayer team, Kids Hope Mentor, etc. – I encourage you to listen carefully and ask the Lord to help you follow through. We aren’t perfect and we don’t have everything in order, but God calls us to trust him and be confident that he will use us for his good purposes.

- Psator Jhon