A Word from Pastor Stefan
Here is a story that I read a while ago to my boys. It is a story about how to live courageously, which is our theme for the month of October. Here is the story:
It is about a rainbow fish. This rainbow fish was the most beautiful fish in the ocean. His scales were every shade of blue, green, and purple, with sparkling silver scales mixed in. He was very beautiful, but he was also very selfish and self-centered. He was so beautiful that he thought he was too good to play with the other fish in the ocean.
One day, a little blue fish asked Rainbow Fish for one of his beautiful, shimmering scales, but he refused. Because of his selfishness he was very unpopular with the other fish. He was not only the most beautiful fish in the ocean, he was also the loneliest.
He told his only friend Starfish about his problem, and Starfish sent him to talk to a wise old octopus. Octopus told Rainbow Fish that if he wanted to be happy, he should give away one of his beautiful scales to each of the other fish. Rainbow Fish just could not imagine giving away his beautiful scales.
Once again, the little blue fish asked for one of Rainbow Fish’s scales. He hesitated for a moment, but finally pulled off one of his scales and gave it to the little blue fish. When the other fish saw the little blue fish with a shiny scale, Rainbow Fish was surrounded by fish, who were asking for one of his shiny scales. Before he knew it, he had given away all of them, except for one. Suddenly, he realized that although he was no longer the most beautiful fish in the ocean, he was happier than ever before.
Rainbow Fish was courageous in his giving of his beautiful scales. In October, we will talk about how often faith grows through acts of courageous giving. I remember needing courage to get on the plane to fly to the United States to start my one-year internship at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn. This time was the beginning of a tremendous faith growth experience that continues today. Faith grows when we give of our time, our abilities, and our money to God’s work.
In our October sermons, Pastor Linda and I will talk about how to take hold of a life that really is life (1 Tim 6:18-19). We will talk about the power of courageous love and what courageous steps it will take to grow God’s kingdom further. Think about where God is challenging us to live courageously in our giving to God’s work. We all have room to grow, and God already set an example of courageous living with his Son. I see many courageous opportunities in our congregation where we can give just as Rainbow Fish gave, and he was happier than ever before. Let us all “be strong and take courage as we all wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 31:24)