2002 Monthly Letter
Partner In Ministry,
this day whom you will serve. Joshua 24:15
years ago I chose to begin a ministry that sought to upbuild
men, women, and children in practical expressions of their
the years you have witnessed in our monthly letters how this
goal has been effectively met through the personal testimonies
of those who have chosen to experience our UpBuilding Weekends.
too, have chosen to be a partner with us year after year.
I greatly affirm and appreciate your faithful choice to serve
our Lord and His people through this ministry. God gives us
choices to help build our character and to express our love
and service to Him and to others.
show you that I havent lost my old acrostic touch, here
is a new one that has been impressed upon me through a number
of recent and personal experiences. CHOICE
are daily opportunities for us to grow spiritually!
choices. God has chosen many things that affect us, many
of which we have no choice about. For instance, He chose
who our parents would be; our gender; the color of our
skin, eyes, hair, size, etc.
make choices that affect us, again many of which we have
little or no choice. For instance, others chose to be
on time or not; the speed they drive; how soon to serve
us; to express or withhold thanks, to forgive us or not,
may not have any choice in what God has chosen OR what
Others choose BUT I do have a choice in how I will respond
to both God's and Other's choices!
to my choices. IF I chose to respond with bitterness,
than a sour seed of bitterness germinates that soon
bears sour fruits of bitterness which sours me, my family,
friends, and others in my sphere of influence. HOWEVER,
IF I chose to respond as Paul did when in jail with
a peace that passes understanding
AND as Jesus did who for the joy
that was set before Him endured the cross!
THEN sweet seeds of peace and joy germinate that soon
bear sweet fruits of peace and joy which sweeten me,
my family, friends, and others in my sphere of influence!
day I must continue to make healthy choices! Or to apply
Joshuas words personally, Ron, choose
this day whom you will serve bitterness or
peace and joy!
CHOICES will you make today? Sweet or Sour!
thank you for choosing to serve the Lord through UpBuilding