Thursday, July 29, 2004

Wanted - People Who Follow the Rules

Let me set the context for you.

There's a mailing list I'm on locally, that does a great service in letting people share their blessings and needs with one another. If you need an item, you post that need. If you have an item to give away, you post that.

Great idea. Very loving and caring.

But far too loose for some.

I got this email today and I had to share it immediately.

By the way, she wrote the subject in big capital letters, the internet equivalent of shouting at the top of your lungs.

Pay close attention to her email signature.

Please put either WANTED OFFER TAKEN etc. in the subject header.

It is frustrating for those of us on individual e-mails to have to read each one because the title is not written correctly! PLEASE!


xxxxx (name withheld)

Just another person on this list!

It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing.

It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.

~Mother Teresa~

Uh huh. Anyone else notice the irony creep in when we weren't looking?

Matthew 15:1-3 (Msg)

After that, Pharisees and religion scholars came to Jesus all the way from Jerusalem, criticizing, [2] "Why do your disciples play fast and loose with the rules?"

[3] But Jesus put it right back on them. "Why do you use your rules to play fast and loose with God's commands?

That's why the person with a living relationship with Christ won't be remembered as one who keeps the rules, but as one who cares.

Faith is love in action. Now go and practice. :)



This devotional is written by David Wilson, pastor of New Hope Baptist church in Valparaiso, FL. If you find you have received this via a forward and would like to receive it regularly, or find you no longer wish to receive it, drop me an email at and I'll make the change to the list. If you'd like to know more about New Hope, visit our website at . May God bless you.

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