Love, digging tunnels...and new leaders @ McLane Erie

Digging tunnels. Love begs that you dig tunnels.  Let me explain.  You may remember from a few weeks ago that I have a 5 lb. maltese poodle mix (that I was clear about marrying into).  This pup stands a proud 10 inches tall...and with this much vertical clearance, he has significant challenges when it comes to winter mobility.

Wookie

With this latest blast of snow, he’s been rendered useless for any outdoor travel!  The snow is deeper in our yard than he is tall...and being a dog that needs to travel outdoors for relief...this has become a very significant challenge.

Many times this week, I’ve found myself out in our back yard shoveling a series of tunnels...so he could walk and “find the perfect spot.”  If you have a dog...than you know exactly what I mean.  Not all spots are created equal.  :)

At first I felt like shoveling tunnels in the back yard was ridiculous...but then I was reminded that love sometimes has to dig tunnels.

When we’re called to love and to help those around us (as we are called to do), we are also called to go the extra mile to make travel from HERE to THERE possible.  We’re called to use our “advantages” to help those without them...to stand in the gap where necessary...and to do it in LOVE.

I use my dog as a VERY LOOSE example...but sometimes God teaches us very significant lessons through seemingly insignificant means.

What does this look like to you?  Have you dug any tunnels this past week?  Have you gone out of your way to help someone stay on the path...or possibly even shown them the way to go?

John 15:13 - “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

This weekend, in addition to continuing our study in Galatians (called Fresh Air), we’ll hear about a group of people who’ve decided to dig tunnels...to help the smallest of those among us find their way to our amazing God.  They’ve committed themselves to “going to great lengths to bring the Gospel to life...” for the children in our church.  I’m incredibly excited to introduce this group of leaders to you...and let you be encouraged by their story!

May this challenge us all to be sensitive to what God is giving us the opportunity to do...through what He’s blessed us with...and through where He’s placed us.

As a quick end-note: next Sunday (Feb 3rd) is SUPERBOWL SUNDAY.  We’ll be combining both services next weekend into the 11AM SERVICE!  However, we’ll this weekend, we’ll have both the 11AM and 5PM services as normal.  Hope to see you at McLane Erie this weekend!