SETTING ASIDE PREFERENCES……………We are trying something new in the Lucke household.  Alicia and I decided a few months back that the girls would share a bedroom.  Why not?  What better way could there be to teach the idea of compromise!  The girls’ preference was, of course, to have their own rooms.  Sharing a room meant that each could only include so much.  Sharing a room also meant that they had to be more mindful of their messes.  When we made the decision, each of our children shared their preference to stay in their own room with their own toys.

Are adults really that much different than children?  Don’t we insist on having our own individual preferences?  We insist that the color of the car must be so and such and not a shade different.  We insist that the family must go on this or that vacation.  We insist that the job must be done this or that way.

Consider the words of Philippians 2:5-11 and these words in particular:  “Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.”

The Bible doesn’t say much about this, but I wonder.  I wonder how often Jesus set aside his preferences?  Philippians 2 gives the idea that it happened often.  It probably did.

Let us take on the “attitude” of Jesus today and set aside our individual preferences for the sake of others.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY……….We have another timely topic in our adult Bible Study this Sunday.  In preparation, read chapter 25 on Hope.  Are we living with hope today?  Why or why not?  What is biblical hope and how s it different than the idea of hope taught in the secular world?  These are good questions and Brad will guide us through them as we gather on Sunday morning at 9:45 in the sanctuary.