I’ve Decided Mud Is Good Because God Is Good
I’ve been thinking about mud … how playing in mud was fun when I was a child, but now that I’m an adult, I don’t like it so much.
What’s fun about mud?
Slippery. Dirty. Cool. Wet. Squishy.
Friends together. Out of the ordinary play.
Mother’s disappointment. Full-body activity. No limits. Freedom to explore.
Mud is fun!
In my grown-up life, I still have lots of mud. By that, I mean I get into a lot of messy situations. When I fail to be the husband I hoped to be, I step in mud. I got in mud when I made a poor decision only to realize years later how bad that decision was. When I get in over-my-head with work, I feel like mud is holding me down. Looking at mud from this negative point-of-view makes me hate mud. But what if we changed our perspective? What if, even as adults, we considered life’s muddy moments still to be full of playful, creative, energizing, and motivating experiences?
If we believe in a God who brings life out of death, can’t that God create goodness out of muddiness? Let’s start looking at difficulties as opportunities and splash around a bit. Let’s start having fun even in the midst of a stressful day. Let the mud become a source of newness. I think James was talking about that when he said, “Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy (playful muddiness!), because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance, and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”
We can let the mud drag us into the ground, or we can choose to play and let God grow us toward maturity.
What are you facing today? What “mud” splattered you today? How did you respond? How will you respond now? Give it to God. Look up and say, “Thank you God for the mud. Now let’s play!”
Join us this summer as we learn about God coming down to earth, playing in the mud with us, making us new people. I’ll see you in worship, and please bring a friend to play in the mud. Mud is good because God is good!
Pastor Roger is calling us all to pray for our church’s ministries of worship and touching the community with Christ’s message of hope. Meet with Pastor Sundays after worship to enflame our spirits with prayer, foster God’s vision in our view, and further our work for God’s Kingdom.
VBS July 18-22, First Nazarene (Hillcrest)
Volunteers Needed!! Contact Kris Watrous. This summer we will be joining with Ogden-Hillcrest UMC, St. Francis Roman Catholic, First Nazarene, and Port Crane Baptist churches for our VBS program. VBS will be held at the First Nazarene Church at 1282 Chenango St, Binghamton, NY 13901 and includes volunteers from all the churches. This is an exciting new way for us to join in ministry with other Christians in our community to share the gospel with children and their families. This year’s theme is Cave Quest – Following Jesus the Light of the World. Registration form is available here
Membership Updates: This summer, we are contacting inactive church members encouraging them to become active. This process often causes stress in families. Please help us correct inaccurate information by contacting the church office with current addresses, and please encourage all members to be active in our mission.