Allow me to explain.

BEND LOW – BUILD HIGH is our family’s theme for this summer.  It’s our mission.

BEND LOW means that we all need to be on a mission to serve one another.  I illustrated the concept during our family meeting by washing Jodi’s feet–something I did many years ago when I made our relationship “official.”  Last night we read the account of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet.  I informed the children of the significance of the event and how the principle remains to this very day.  We need to serve one another.  We also read Philippians 2:3,4.  Paul wrote, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit; but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (NIV).  Each of us will be looking for ways to practically bless one another.  When we struggle, we will remind each other with the words, “BEND LOW.”

BUILD HIGH means that we will consciously make attempts to encourage each other with our words.  As you know, this can be challenge for siblings!  We read two verses of Scripture last night.  Romans 15:2 reads, “Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up” (NIV).  1 Thessalonians 5:11 states, “Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing” (NIV).  The exhortation of this verse stands as binding today as when it was written by the Apostle Paul.  Each member of our family must be on a mission to encourage.  We are to find ways to build one another up through our words.  The verse ends with a statement which cannot yet be said of our family – “just as you also are doing.”  Hopefully at summer’s end that can accurate describe us!  I trust that two words will often be heard in our home this summer:  BUILD HIGH.”

That’s our plan for the summer!  We’ve got other things on the list as well–some pretty fun stuff as well as some spiritual goals.  We know where we are headed.  We’ve got a roadmap so that the next three months are purposeful.

What about you?  What’s your plan for Summer 2013.  BEND LOW – BUILD HIGH applies to all of us, doesn’t it? That’s good place to start!  I’d encourage you to make a list to help you be productive over the next three months.  Is there a particular area in which you want to make progress?  Is there a project you’ve been meaning to start or one needing your attention so that you can finally mark it as “Completed”?  Go for it!

Have a great summer!


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