“Whatever.” Today, a word indicating indifference or scorn for something. I’m not listening; I don’t care; whatever. But there is more to this whatever. It is also a big, all inclusive word. Look at Colossians 3:17. What are the things that we should take care to do well, in the name of Jesus, giving thanks all the while? Whatever. Not the contemporary whatever, the “everything, all the time” whatever. No exceptions.
The writer of the lesson this week says, “I challenge you to do whatever is set before you and to do whatever is asked of you.” We may think we know what these things will be. We are, after all, making plans, getting ready for travel, work, programs, devotions. Whatever. But even now we see the uncertainty that is the reality. A tropical storm damaging the camp building, William moving to Puerto Plata, requests for special projects that are just now coming in.
It matters less what we do than that we do whatever in accordance with the admonition to do it “in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Then, with the satisfaction of providing this service, whatever this service is, remembering to give thanks to God. Thanks for being able to do what are able, “whether in word or deed,” thanks that His work is being done and thanks that His name is lifted up.
Pray for David as he finishes up work in Costa Rica, travels to Mississippi for a brief respite then moves on for the busy team visit season in the Dominican Republic. And pray that we all may embrace the “whatever” with the an attitude that is just the opposite of the contemporary expression of indifference, rather with concern, enthusiasm and desire to bring thanks to God.
Welcome to the 2011 Onalaska Church of Christ Dominican Republic Missions Ministry web log. This site is to keep you informed about our mission, preparations for our trips and communications with the missionaries in the Dominican Republic.
viajar - Servir - madurar
to go - To Serve - to grow
Levante las Velas y Adelante al Horizonte (LLV y AAH)
Hoist the Sails and Onward to the Horizon
Blog updated March 5, 2011
The OCC - DR blog is being updated to provide information about the 2011 trip and the planned visit to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2012
Accounts from our activities on Thursday, February 17 are now posted.
This Welcome section and the Current News section that follow have their permanent homes here at the top of the blog. Starting with this update, posts will follow in order written immediately below the Current News. This means that all posts will be available in this window or through the archive list that can be accessed in the Blog Archive menu at the bottom of the right hand side bar.
What time is it in the DR?
The team for the 2011 visit occurred between February 16 and February 22. Reports are being provided in new posts, one post for each day of the trip. We will soon be making plans for our next visit to the Dominican Republic, tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2012.