|supper BBQ Friday Night|
|The winning team! Romo, Gomez, Ernesto, Lalo, Oscar and Zarsas.|
|sail fish on his right, wahoo on his left|
|some of the guys posing with the sailfish :-)|
One of the guys called me out on Saturday afternoon, as a bunch of us were lounging in the pool. His boat had returned 'empty', and the one I was in had landed a large sailfish and a big wahoo. "You cheated", he said. I asked why. "You've got a direct line to the 'Boss upstairs', and that gave your group an unfair advantage!' I chuckled and pointed out that I hadn't known the rules ahead of time, and suggested that that option was open to all. Later, as I posted some of the pictures on Facebook, I also posted a picture of the ocean with Hebrews 4:16 written out - "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
In any event, my prayer throughout the weekend was that I would be 'salt and light' (Matt. 5:13-16) and that my being there would contribute in positive ways to the rest of the group. A popular phrase, sometimes used by followers of Christ, is 'in the world, but not of the world'. Although that is true, it should probably be said differently, like, 'not of the world, but sent into the world'... I believe we're here with a purpose, and, if we are part of God's kingdom, then we need to be about kingdom business. That is often very counter-cultural, in a world that often holds very different values and priorities. The task is daunting, but the help is divine! May you too find peace and fulfilment in doing your part.
posted by Ernie Koop