"Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you're part of a team. Everything is awesome when you're living out a dream." Some of our neighbors will know where these words came from, and others might wonder, "What is Pastor Matt trying to teach us now?" These awesome lyrics come from "The Lego Movie." In this film, the main character, Emmet, gets up every morning and listens to the song "Everything is Awesome!" For Emmet, it is a great way to start his day before he leaves the house. What if we all left the house each day thinking everything was awesome?
Before anyone says, "Well, not everything is awesome." I want everybody to take a minute to pause and think before making such a statement. God blesses us each day that we wake up. From there, I believe we have a lot to be thankful for and think is awesome, too! Don't let the bad stuff into your head before you get going with your day. Let me share some examples or ways to think about each day differently. Instead of dreading getting up, be thankful you can get up and go out. Try not to think about having to go to work, but rather that you get to go to work. What if we were grateful that it was raining versus being bothered by the rain? Our days will start a lot differently with positive thoughts or believing that everything is awesome!
What are some awesome things going on at Marble? I'm glad someone asked! I think there is a lot of awesome stuff about Marble. We have had some new neighbors recently start attending worship. This summer, we are trying out a new format for Sundays. In August, we will have our first Vacation Bible School since before the pandemic. We have an awesome Mister Roger's Neighborhood-like mural painted in the hall outside the sanctuary. People in Milan are asking more about Marble and our vision. It is awesome that we are becoming and being recognized as "The Neighborhood Church." And the awesomeness is just starting to take off!
When we get down to it, everything is awesome! Things are even more awesome when we come together as neighbors or as a team to lead others to be disciples. With the right attitude and approach, we will live out the dream of building God's kingdom here on earth. My prayer is that this newsletter piece serves as some encouragement and inspiration. Then everyone might wake up each day thinking and singing, "Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you’re a part of a team. Everything is awesome when you’re living out a dream.”
Peace be with you, neighbors.
Pastor Matt West