If Anything Is Excellent

I know thing aren’t perfect, but are they really as bad as some would have us believe? I vacillate in the murky area between optimism and pessimism. When I listen to some of the Republican debates I wonder what country they are talking about. They make it sound as if we had better get the walls up and our guns out or we are going to be toast.

At the same time, it seems to me that homelessness, at least where I live, has increased; and I know folks who are struggling paycheck to paycheck to make life work.

As Paul brings his relatively brief letter to the Christians in Philippi to a close, he encourages them – Finally … if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. These are not the words of a naive optimist. This is advice to people who might be inclined to forget about the blessings around them and within them. And what inspiration there is when, in the midst of difficulties far more serious than ones you might be facing, faith rears up, hope surges forward and eyes are opened to the beauty – actual and potential – that is within us and around us.

In truth, today might be a disaster; but it could also be your finest hour!

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.