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Drinking Milk from Non-Christian Cows


I want to start by giving you kudos for being a faithful blog reader despite my prolonged silence! Yes life has been a little more than average busy lately – but it’s been greater than I’ve ever known. As many of my readers know, Andria and I were officially married this past weekend on the beach of Ocean Shores, Washington. It was such a great day despite the driving rain and 50 degree temperature! Regardless, the day was beautiful and if I was any happier I think I’d explode! Along with my kids, over 45 friends and family braved the elements to come and be a part of our special day. It just wouldn’t be a beach experience for us if not following the wedding we had a sneaker wave come soak us while getting pictures taken! That was classic. Andria and I were blown away at the love and support shown to us and are so thankful for all of you who have become such an important part of our lives. 

Friends and those we love are so important aren’t they? We often take for granted the people in our lives who are there for us, rain or shine. I know for myself that all too often I have so many things going on in within my daily routine that I get tunnel vision and end up putting my friendships on the back burner. I know that a big part of my problem with that is I’ve never been a great multi-tasker. When I was a kid I was never accused of chewing gum and talking because I was always too focused on how great the gum tasted! I can readily admit that when it comes to friendships I sometimes suck at making time for others. I believe that when we show ourselves friendly, God rewards us in giving us quality friendships. I’m talking about true friendship. The kind that push you out of your comfort zone. The kind that challenge you and make you dig deep. Sure we all have surface friendships, the ones that your conversation never gets much deeper than work or the weather, but what about those that draw strength from you and force you to reveal your insecurities? The friends who are really nothing like you and maybe don’t even believe the same as you. Do we let anybody get that close or deep? Is it possible for a Christian to drink milk from a non-Christian cow? Would having an atheist friend corrupt our character? Or could we lower the Berlin walls of our heart and show some vulnerability? This past weekend I was blown away by those who made the journey to be with us. I don’t think me or Andria have ever felt so much love as we did. I returned to my workplace only to find my atheist friend helped spearhead my sales team in purchasing us a significant wedding gift. Interesting isn’t it? Friends are a gift from God. It’s important that we show our love to one another. 

Philippians 2:3-4
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 

Pastor Shian

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