FROM THE BISHOP
JAMES R. KING, JR.
Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!
Did you know your gift of $100 could help provide a home base for our conference and save us over $50,000 a year?
Have you ever thought, “When I finish this project … or, when I graduate … or, when I get married … or, when I get this job … or, when I retire … everything will be okay,” only to discover that there is always something else you yearn for to make you feel content?
I am writing this article from Berlin, Germany, where the Council of Bishops is meeting. A few days ago I visited with one of our United Methodist pastors who spoke about some of the history of Germany. He also talked about the health benefits for all the citizens and the educational benefits for all the students, and it appeared to me that the citizens of Germany must be very pleased with the way things are.
When I said the citizens in Germany must be very content with so many benefits at their disposal, he quickly pointed out although there are some wonderful benefits from living in Germany many of the people are worried all the time. Worried about what, I asked? He said, “They worry about it being taken away from them.” After our visit, I continued to reflect on the idea that a part of the human condition includes being anxious about something.
Can we ever be content as human beings? Is it possible to live a life of love, joy, and peace? The Bible teaches us that we can. In order to accomplish a life of contentment and peace we must turn not to an emphasis on the physical but the spiritual. Yes, the key is to rely on God.
The hymn writer captures this truth in these words: “to be happy in Jesus we must trust and obey.” In Galatians 5:22 we are taught that love, joy, and peace are the fruits of the Spirit. In other words, when we put our trust in God and not in things that are perishable, our circumstances do not determine if we are loving, peaceful, or joyful.
It is not easy to live a life of faith. A part of being human is to live by sight. This is what makes Abraham so special and the Hebrews moving through the wilderness so difficult. God provides.
We must do something; we must put forth an effort, but the foundation for a life of love, joy, and peace is rooted in faith. In a world filled with broken promises, disappointments in people and systems it is important to be committed to making things better but there will always be something. When our deepest desire is communion with God, we get the benefit of living a life filled with love, joy, and peace.
A South Georgia Conference Center to call home
We are very close to having our conference center – a place to call home. Beginning as a new annual conference 27 years ago, we were not prepared to purchase a new conference center. Today, we are spending more than $50,000 a year leasing space at two different locations. The time is now to build a home of our own … a new annual conference center will help us connect in new and exciting ways as well as be good stewards of our resources.
To reach our goal of paying for the center we are asking 5,000 members to give $100. It would be great if some give more than $100 but it’s you we are counting on to get us there.
Will you help?
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Until next time, remember – God’s will for us is good. We must do the rest.
Growing a Christlike world.
James R. King, Jr.