As summer temperatures rise and fossil fuel supplies fall, the burden of climate change and scarcity will land primarily on the poor, and eventually will come home to all of us. We must practice love and justice in the way we relate to our shared air, waters, lands, and all living things. We must be willing to make changes for a sustainable world. Being smart about energy use is one way we can help.
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If you are like I am, I can get overwhelmed by the amount of information, products, and claims that are out there. You should always check with your doctor before making any kind of health change. With that said, if you are interested in what has been empirically found, I have included what I found most frequently in my search of meta-analyses: Probiotics have been found to effect our body weight, BMI, glucose metabolism and blood pressure to name a few.
We all need to make mental space for ourselves to let go and not be ruminating over the list that isn’t getting done. Give yourself some grace. You can get back to it in an hour or after a nap. Take the time to close your eyes, take a few really deep breaths and appreciate yourself. You are in a hard situation. You are doing the best you can. God knows that and loves us anyway. It doesn’t matter if WE think our list should be all crossed off or if XYZ still needs to be set up. You are enough, just the way you are. Give yourself a few minutes to let that really soak in every single day.
There was also another important factor that contributed to the success of this Annual Conference and that was the graciousness and patience of the delegates and visitors. I love being here in the IGRC. My experience across the Conference was reconfirmed as I led the sessions and walked the halls of the Convention Center. The IGRC is filled with folks that are passionate Christ followers and folks committed to The United Methodist Church.
I believe we are poised for the greatest revival the world has ever seen. The wood is dry, the wind is blowing and all that we need is a spark from the Lord. The best days of the church and of Christianity are not behind us. The fire of God is available and can be maintained if we are serious about obeying the Lord.
The speakers were thumping out Kool and the Gang’s super hit, Celebrate, and I was dancing on my roller skates in perfect rhythm with the music. Yes, I was singing and screaming the lyrics too: “There's a party goin' on right here A celebration to last throughout the years So bring your good times, and your laughter too We gonna celebrate your party with you, celebrate good times, come on!”
How well I balance is determined by how conscious my choices are. So, in addition to writing the work/life tasks I need to accomplish on my To-Do Lists, I now include specific family time, activity in nature, and amount of time for renewal on my lists. Because I love to cross things off my lists, my lists include more than work stuff because work stuff is not my only priority. After all, I don’t want to have to learn this balancing lesson again. It is said that you either love the lesson (i.e., balancing) or you love the learning. I love the lesson and want to “get it” this time.
Today I take great pleasure in knowing that the denomination that I love has a process and a plan designed to hold its members accountable while doing its best to assure a fair process when addressing a variety of issues. Our process seems, at times, long and complex when it comes to rendering a final decision. I am reminded that Jesus, though often pressed and pushed, never rushed to a decision. Jesus was not reactionary; he was responsive.
“And are we yet alive, And see each other's face? Glory, and thanks to Jesus give For his almighty grace!”