View from the Pew

View from the Pew

By Sarah Solano
I have experienced a convicted spirit lately … over several different things.
The environment: What gives us the right to destroy God’s creation? Elephants are an ocean away and of no less concern but did you know Monarch butterflies are at risk of extinction? I can do something about that. Personally, I’m trying to establish milkweed wherever I can. I also am bothered by killing creatures because they are an “inconvenience” to us as humans … I have a piney squirrel in my attic that I’m trying to live capture and relocate. Like the commercial implies, “it’s getting personal” but he’s just doing what squirrels do. The summation of all commandments: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s hard enough to love myself. This is a work in progress but I can do something about it. Can I get an Amen? And most recently, as I filed our taxes, tithing: I took a look at that net income number and wondered how we are doing in regards to that “first fruits.” I thought that we tithed or, as I’ve always heard, given 10%. I thought wrong but I can do something about that. You may be asking yourself the same thing. Take a look at that net income number on your tax form, multiply it by 0.1 (that’s 10%), then divide it by 52 weeks in a year. I asked myself, “How can I make this happen?” Yes, it’s a sacrifice but sacrifice is a reoccurring theme of the Bible. Sacrifice makes me remember all that God has done in my life. I’m reminded of that cheer yelled across the gym by the opposing teams … “I’ve got spirit, yes I do, I’ve got spirit, how ‘bout you?” My spirit is convicted of the inadequacies in my life and I want to do better. How ‘bout you?



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