Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Love Does

by Shereen Fink

Last Sunday, April 6th, people who seemed “typical” (living in normal houses, working at every-day jobs, driving ordinary cars) demonstrated how loving God with all our hearts, souls and minds; and loving our neighbor as ourselves; (Matthew 22:37-38) makes us live our ordinary lives with extraordinary purpose. 

What I’m referring to is the first Ministry Fair we hosted at BUMC last Sunday. Visibly, the fair was
incredible. Our very large Family Life Center was crowded with over 30 different ministry partners and
over 60 volunteers from ministries of BUMC, as well as community and global ministry partners. During
the course of the morning, hundreds of people strolled through discovering all of the incredible work being done around the world by “typical” people. As I observed the visual aspect of the fair, I began to realize it was more than people crowded into our multi-purpose room that is used for basketball games and the room designated for our children’s Sunday school. In the midst of the people gathered around tables, the conversations and stories of changed lives, I saw energy, hope and a sense of purpose. 



Recently the book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff was recommended to me. I’ve savored this book for many weeks. It has been an inspiration leading up to the Ministry Fair. As the title suggests, the contents of the book are about showing our love for God and others through our actions. Looking around the crowded Family Life Center last Sunday morning, I saw God’s love in action. So often I read scripture about God’s love being all encompassing, stronger than
any evil, ever present ... and while those scriptures are comforting, nothing compares to seeing God’s love in action through His people living the life Jesus demonstrated while here on Earth. For me, Jesus’s life was all about being present and being a physical representation of God’s generous love. 

During the Ministry Fair I felt God’s love in the room- but I didn’t see an enormous God on a throne or a heavenly figure looming over the crowd. I saw God’s children reflecting His love through their actions. I saw almost 100 people physically sign up for a new area of service – offering the gift of their time to someone in need. 

This morning, during devotions, I read something in the book, Moments With Jesus by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry that struck me. The excerpt I read describes situations others experience, situations where I see the community of BUMC physically walking alongside others, giving the gift of their time and talents, to be the tangible representation of God’s love here on Earth:

“God is in all the expressions of love that we experience in the greatest moments of our human existence…But he is also so much more. Imagine the deepest part of the ocean, where it’s too dark to see. His love is deeper than any ocean of loss or longing we might feel. Imagine the Grand Canyon, or a wide gulf. God’s love is wider than any vast open space of loneliness or grief. And even if we’re facing the Himalayas, God’s love is higher than the tallest mountains of tests and trials. Should we lose everything else, in Him we would still have all we need. For we can never lose His love – and it is enough.”

I am eternally grateful for those who sacrificed their time to make the Ministry Fair a success and I can’t express enough how thankful I am to the almost 100 people who signed up for new volunteer opportunities Sunday morning. As it says in Acts 20:35, you are all blessed already because “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Even though many of you heard me say it before, it’s worth saying again: “To the world you are one person, to one person you are the world.”

Please visit the Servant Ministries website if you’d like to learn more about opportunities to give the gift of your time and treasures, or contact Shereen Fink at shereen.fink@broomfieldumc.org to participate in a Potter’s Plan workshop to discover your God-given talents for serving His will for your life here on Earth.

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18



Shereen Fink is the Director of Servant Ministries at Broomfield United Methodist Church. In her role she has developed a comprehensive ministry, curriculum and community service network designed to guide individuals to live purposeful lives through recognition and application of their God-given strengths.  She combines her education in business management, certification in Positive Psychology coaching and extensive self-study in theology with life experiences from years in corporate environments to provide a holistic view of God's meaning and purpose for our lives.  She is the author of a daily devotional book: God's Transformation for Our Lives and a devotional meditation CD.

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