August 02, 2021
"It's not all about you." We don't like to hear that, but it is so true. When I am dealing with an issue or a problem, there are always other people, other viewpoints, other situations, involved. When I am celebrating something in life, there are always other people, other viewpoints, other situations, involved. When my problems seem overwhelming, or when life seems too good to be true, I can lessen the hurt or bring myself back down to earth by reminding myself, it's not all about me. None of
us lives in a vacuum.
What is true for us as individuals is also true for us as a church. It is not all about us. Those of us in the United Methodist Church are part of a connection like no other. There are many things I love about the United Methodist Church, but that connection is what I love the most. I love being connected to the rebuilding and aid that the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides in places affected by natural disasters. I love being connected to a church that feeds and
shelters the homeless in large urban settings and is the last church standing in small rural settings.
Each United Methodist church does minister in its own setting. We have a lot of wonderful ministries happening in our local church. But it's never all about us, as a congregation. Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Not for the transformation of only our local church or community, but for the transformation of the world. The local church and community are all important. But they are only a part of the transformation of the world. Each United
Methodist is a member of a worldwide Church connection. And as Paul told the Corinthian church, "If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it." (I Corinthians 12:26, NRSV) We are in this together.
With the current climate of both the United Methodist Church and of our country, divided over social and political issues, I pray that we can remember that we are in this together. When people take sides and focus intently on winning, no one wins. It's not all about me, or you, or him, or her. It's all about us. Let's not contribute to the problem, but instead be part of the solution. Let's be in this together.
Grace and peace,