The other night I went out with some friends for a steak dinner at a fancy steakhouse. Someone else was footing the bill so I was super excited. I looked over the menu and knew exactly what I was going to have, a juicy ribeye. My friends were going to get the filet because they said it was a better steak, and one was getting chicken, but I knew what I wanted and I wasn’t going to be convinced otherwise.
I placed my order. As I waited I enjoyed the appetizer, the fresh bread and salad. It was all great, but I was all fired up to cut into my perfectly done ribeye steak. Finally it came. It smelled wonderful and it looked beautiful. I picked up my knife to cut into it. It was done just the way I like it, medium-well with just a thin pink line in the centre.
Then something happened. Rick’s steak came and then Kevin’s. Suddenly, my ribeye looked tiny. I felt like I had been given a second-rate steak. The joy and delight that I’d had only a moment ago was gone. All I could think about was, “Is it too late to change my order?”
The meal was great and my ribeye was awesome, but I still can’t help but wonder if I maybe missed out on something better.
Have you ever had an experience like that? Have you ever gotten exactly what you wanted, then saw what someone else had, and wanted what they had? It’s called coveting, comparing what you have to what someone else has, and not being satisfied. We’ve all probably had moments when we have done it. Comparing and coveting always steals your joy.
Is there a way to prevent this? How can we live a life of contentment in a culture that values ‘more’ and in a world that is always looking for ‘something better’?
This weekend our guest speaker David Wintemute will be speaking about coveting and the effects this behaviour can have on our lives. I hope you’ll join us this weekend as we explore what God has to say about coveting and how to keep it from stealing your joy.
See you Sunday,
PS…we’ll also be celebrating the baptism of Daphne Panio as she takes the step of faith in declaring that she has decided to follow Jesus. This is going to be a great Sunday to be with your church family, I hope you’ll celebrate with us!
Join us this Sunday night at 7 pm as we gather together to pray and listen to God about our personal needs and the upcoming ministry year.
Fall is just around the corner!
Join us on September 10th after the worship service for our annual fall BBQ. There will be great food, games for the kids and an opportunity to reconnect with friends after summer vacation.
MidWeek begins September 13
Join us Wednesdays this fall for Kids Club, Youth, Marriage Course, Alpha and more. We’ll even take care of dinner and the dishes that night. MidWeek starts with dinner between 5:30 and 6:30, and activities kick off at 6:45. There is something for everyone this fall at MidWeek.
Holy Spirit Encounter
Who is the Holy Spirit and why does he matter? Join us September 29th & 30th to explore who the Holy Spirit is and what his ministry is in your life. Each session will begin with singing and includes Bible teaching time followed by a practicum where you can put into practice what you have learned.
|August 29||T.A.C.O. Tuesday (Taking Awesome Care of Others)|
|September 8||Youth event|
|September 10||Kickoff Sunday|
|September 13||MidWeek Kickoff|
|September 22||Kids Camp Reunion|
|September 24||Families Connect Lunch|
|September 29-30||Holy Spirit Encounter|
|October 14||Quiz Meet|
|October 19-20||Global Leadership Summit|
|October 29||Prayer Summit|