No More “Us and Them”

us themEvery time I watch Elvia’s testimony I tear up a little.  Since Elvia is deaf she cannot speak in a verbal language but must communicate using her hands.  However, like all of us, “words” are only part of how she communicates.  Talking with Elvia I am always impressed with her facial expressions.  When she talks about Jesus her face lights up!  I’m so thankful she met someone who introduced her to Jesus and that God led her to our church.

Elvia’s mother, Georgina, speaks very little English and her father, David, speaks English with a thick accent.  Both of them are fluent in their native tongue, Spanish.  With a little effort an English speaker can easily communicate with David and he can help bring his wife into the conversation.  How wonderful that they are part of our church family.

I wonder at times how to measure the effectiveness of a sermon.  The only accurate measure of success that I think is reliable is when people are moved by the message to action.  Today, I was told about one of our members who moved out of their normal after church behavior and did something out of their comfort zone.   Before leaving the sanctuary they went over to David and Georgina and attempted to communicate.  How wonderful!

Doing what comes naturally for most of us means staying with our own groups.  Being aware of those outside our group and moving to be inclusive; now that’s following the leading of the Spirit.  May the Spirit of God always trump our natural inclinations and may the differences among us be swallowed up in the beautiful unity Jesus has created.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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