I count it a privilege to be the Orillia campus pastor. The people I get to meet and the people I get to serve with is an incredible honor. I know pride is considered a sin but I was especially proud of our folks last Sunday as they responded to our Fill the Truck challenge. Because of their generosity, we collected 1000 lbs of food which actually filled 2 trucks…and will support the food banks of Orillia and the Lighthouse Men's Shelter.
A special thank you Jim Mercer and the Salvation Army for loaning us their vehicles and giving us use of their facility to sort the donations. They also helped distribute the food to the other charities in the city…awesome.
This simple act of kindness created a lot of excitement at our campus. People were having fun and have been talking about it all week. I think in part at least because sharing food with those in need not only benefits the (approx. 2500) in our community who access our food banks each month, but it does something for the giver too. Maybe that's why in God profound wisdom, He commanded that we love one another, that we love our neighbor…God knows that doing for others actually does something for us too. Maybe just as exercise compliments a healthy diet, serving others compliments our spiritual diet of God's word…putting what we learn into action.
Maybe it doesn't seem fair that doing good for others should be so good for us…all I know is, it is.
Maybe I should confess my pride, but this time, I think I'll just be thankful for what God is doing. Thank you Orillia campus for sharing God's love with others in such a tangible, practical way.