“You teach what you know but you will reproduce who you are.” “Who you are matters more than what you do.”
This is a powerful parenting and life principle. Our character, our attitude, and our values ripple out to thousands of people whether we have children or not, whether we love our job or not, whether we are living our “dream” or life is a struggle right now. This is one reason why we must daily live “under the influence of God’s Holy Spirit” rather than under the influence of anything or anyone else. The Bible says we are being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ with increasing measure every day we listen to and absorb His Word and submit our will to His will. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Yesterday I shared with you some powerful lessons my mom lived out daily for me as a kid growing up. She was a single mom who overcame huge obstacles with the help of God, family, friends, and God’s family. She lived a daily life of: Respect for everyone (even those she had reason to be bitter against), Resolve, Optimism, Sacrifice, Service, Investing in God’s family, Enjoyment of life, and Emphasized Education. 90% of the leadership principles I live and lead by every day my mom modeled for me.
At Prairie Heights we LOVE to get people connected and contributing to God’s family. We love inviting you to serve others and to invest your time and money in eternal relationships. Only heaven will reveal the impact of our investments in His family. What an incredible day that will be! The Bible says that “our labor in the Lord is never in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).” The gifts of time and energy we offer the Lord is never wasted! I don’t know about you but I waste time every day so when God opens a door for me to participate in His family I make it a priority right after serving my family. We offer several serving ground rules at Prairie Heights: #1 it is ALWAYS acceptable to say NO if you are asked to serve in ministry. You don’t need to feel guilty nor does the person who asked you. It is ok! I say NO to many requests and as the church grows I will do so more. #2 We like all of our volunteers to start out in “starting point/servant” roles so they can build relationships, absorb and interact with the DNA of Prairie Heights, and so they can try different areas. It is ok to try something, realize it doesn’t work, quit, and then try something else. #3 Positive attitude and faithfulness are always WAY more important than talent!
God is growing something miraculous at PHCC. Researcher Thom Rainer says that “Less than 2% of all churches in the US experience 5% growth for 3 consecutive years.” PHCC has grown by 10% or more for the last 8 consecutive years. We have seen over 30% GROWTH in 16 of the last 21 months! God is giving us an opportunity to share His love and His Word with many people. Through prayer and obedience let’s FUEL the FIRE and be a part of something that will change Fargo-Moorhead for 100s of years!
This Sunday is Part 1 on how to help your friend who is going through a time of loss or hurt. See you on Sunday!
For those interested: Crank It Up! gifts received are up to $203,800 and pledges are at $430,000. Over the next 3 weeks we are praying for new and increased pledges to bring the total to $550,000. On May 23rd we will celebrate the offerings God invited us to give and to pledge and we will also bring notes and suitcases for those living in the Gladys Ray Shelter. If you have a suitcase to give and you will be gone on May 23rd you can bring it on May 16th or May 30th. From what I have been hearing I think we may end up filling our PHCC trailer with suitcases! Wouldn’t that just be the sweetest thing?!