The Waupun Pizza Ranch helped students from CWC’s first grade class transfer what they had learned in the classroom to a real-life experience: Students were shown how to take orders and serve customers. They report that it was a very fun learning event. Way to go Waupun Pizza Ranch!
“Success is never owned; it is only rented—and the rent is due every day.”
Although passion for reading is on the decline, there’s something about sharing a book that has had an impact on you that causes people to read. This week buy a book that has helped you in some way and give it to someone you think may benefit from it. You have blessed them, and they will appreciate it.
“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Ps. 90:12
“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14
This week we are reminded of the frailty of life. People we know and love have passed away and others have had close calls. The people I ‘m thinking of and referencing were not old fogeys but were in mid-life.
In these Scriptures God wants us to increase our sensitivity to how quickly life passes. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
How do we do number our days without being morbid?
- Acknowledge each day is a gift. It is a day God gives us to serve Him in whatever our calling is. A phrase I’m fond of is: “It’s a great day to serve the Lord” Every day is a great day, no matter if it’s a difficult day, a challenging day, or a joyful day. And it’s always freeing to view it as a day to serve God.
- Each day look for what God has in store. My friend and mentor who was the founding pastor of a large mega-church in southern California would often end his prayers, “Lord, what’s on your agenda today? “ This is a simply way of recognizing that although we have plans and meetings and deadlines, God may bring challenges or people in our lives today that require our attention. Look for God’s leading and be flexible enough to turn toward what or who He puts in our life.
- Recognize that each day we pay something:
- There is a cost for relational drift or conflict
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice” Ephesians 4:31
- Invest in forgiveness and grace
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;” Luke 6:37
These are two options that have an emotional and spiritual price tag. And in whichever on we chose, the pay back will be evident in our lives. Choose wisely.
On Monday, February 13, The Pella Pizza Ranch hosted a Community Impact Night for the Pella Fire Department to kick off their fundraising for the American Lung Association. Over 20 members of the Fire Department participated in bussing tables, talking with guests, and even delivering pizzas with their fire trucks! The volunteers took it a step further and offered to check smoke detectors in the recipients’ homes and replaced batteries as needed.
The Pella Fire Department will send 3 teams to participate in the Fight for Air Climb on April 9 in Des Moines, IA. In 2016 the Pella Fire Department received the traveling trophy for being the #1 fundraiser in the state, raising over $6,700. Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkom said this year’s goal is to raise $7,000 and to keep the traveling trophy with the Pella Fire Department.
You can help the Pella Fire Department reach their goal by following this link and clicking on the “Donate Now” button to give to the American Lung Association.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Parents and their children are spending less time interacting with each other. As a result, many children are getting less personal love and attention than their parents did. American Demographics reported that parents today spend roughly 40 percent less time with their children than did parents a generation ago. To help families stay connected, below is a link of helpful family time tips. Keep in mind, quantity and quality time is important when choosing activities. So build memories around exciting events by keeping your family time creative and enjoyable.
- Eat together and listen to each other.
- Read often.
- Do chores together.
- Help with schoolwork.
- Start a hobby or project.
- Play games.
- Plan a family outing.
- Encourage athletic activities.
- Create a Family Time calendar.
- Pray together and attend a church.
You can read the full article here.
John 9 is the story of a blind man, and goes something like this:
Jesus and his disciples meet a blind man. This man has been blind from birth. Jesus puts mud on his eyes, and sends him to the pool of Siloam to wash off and be healed. This particular pool is the farthest pool away from his location, but Jesus sent him there knowing that many of the Pharisees would be there. When the man washes off the mud, he can see. Many people watch this happen, recognizing that this guy had once been blind. The man begins telling everyone what Jesus had done for him. Of course the Pharisees hear what’s going on and start to investigate. First listening to witnesses. Then the man himself. Then the man’s parents. And then the man again.
At the end of this story, the Pharisees acknowledge Jesus’ miracle of giving sight to a man born blind, but they still refused to believe in Jesus as anything more. They were like the many skeptical people we see and experience everyday who refuse to acknowledge Jesus in anyway. They can’t see Jesus as the Savior of the world.
But what’s great about this story, is that the man sticks to his testimony, telling the Pharisees in John 9:33, “He opened my eyes!…if this man weren’t from God, He could do nothing.” Then in John 8:38 he professes belief in Him as the son of God, and worshiped Him.
People can deny the Bible, the church, or religion, but they can’t deny our testimony. Let us love the snot out of people. Bless and benefit others. Serve those around us. Share our story/testimony of how God has touched our lives…or maybe the lives of someone else. People want to know how much we care, before they care about how much we know.