The shining lighthouse in the LCC logo is the focus of my writing for this month as we plan for the new and exciting Fall season.
I have been so inspired by the Toronto Lakeshore Community Church: TLCC – Tender Loving Caring Community! I have learned so much over the last two months and continue to discover the treasure that is here in this place. We have a team of amazing employees, volunteers and members that are indeed gems. One of my great joys is the plan to work with this team to educate, encourage, empower and enlarge our arena of focus! The way forward is filled with possibility if we step forward with the right focus and attitude.
In the early days of hymn writing, the author of a song was simply referred to as K in order for the writer to remain anonymous. There was no personal glory given for the work that the Holy Spirit inspired. It was to ensure that God got all the glory. How does that reflect on our own lives and work? Even though we have committed to giving up our worldly ways and seek to do the will of God, do we not sometimes long for the recognition? Paul said to the church at Philippi,
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above
yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”
I believe this tells us that God sees what we are doing and that should be enough.
On the other hand, in the same way, Paul also instructs the Thessalonian Church to
“encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thess. 5:11).
Is Paul contradicting himself? No. Paul speaks to the balance that needs to be achieved when we work together for the good of the Kingdom. We are living for God and that should shine forth in what we do. But we are not islands unto ourselves. We work together and as we do so, let us genuinely recognize the work of others and let them know that their “God light” is being seen.
The job of the lighthouse is to shine forth the light that is inside. The physical structure itself has no light; it simply holds up the light so that it is readily seen by others. Jesus tells us,
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matt. 5:14).
Here at Lakeshore Community Church we shine the light of Jesus Christ our Lord in such a way as to transform this community! Let’s work together in such a way that we are able to pierce the darkness and with shining light of God.
Thank you for all that you are and all that you do. May God continue to bless and use us for His glory and for Kingdom growth.
You are loved and appreciated!