Thursday - Besides these two guys (Sam and Kevin) Jo makes friends, well sort of, with Nate and Lisa. Now before you go off half cocked you never get the feeling that these two are a couple. They do, however, form a duet team that sings for the church in this story, so they're often seen together. But we've talked about guys already, so let's focus on the girl here, Lisa.
Lisa, we learn, is the pastor's daughter. Jo practically hates her at first because she is so chipper, always talking, always smiling, always, well, cute and perfect and everything Jo isn't. Did you ever meet someone like that? You know, someone who was so much better than you in every possible way that you just wanted to shoot them? Well, that's basically the way Jo felt. Then, at the wedding (Sam's sister and her groom) Lisa is working the sound controls and Jo sits in the booth with her. She learns a lot about the people she knows from church and realizes that Lisa may be a little more perfect than most people, but she's really not that bad to be around. She's actually comfortable around Lisa.
One of the things we are told we are not to do is "covet". So what if a person looks better than us, or finds it easier to talk to people than us. What does that have to do with anything? Don't you know that God created each of us to be just the way we are? He even died for us so that He could complete the job, because our sinful nature keeps messing with what He intended us to be, and that never has to do with our abilities, looks or intelligence. Being who we are meant to be is super important. That's why Paul spends so much time talking about the gifts of the Spirit and how we are all different parts of one body. Even Jesus when He talks about us referred to us as "sheep" and "branches" among other things. Now no 2 sheep are the same, but the ones He is looking for are those who realize the need for a Shepherd. And branches, have you ever seen a tree or a vine where all the branches were the same? Some even perform different functions. Did you know that? So Jo was wrong to judge Lisa, to be jealous of her. Then again, how many times do we do this with each other? We don't seem to be satisfied with who we are, but always want to be like someone else. If God wanted us to be like someone else He wouldn't have created you to be YOU. Get it?
There's more I could get into here, but I don't want to spoil the book too badly by telling you more than I have to. You just need to know that this story rings really true, and who knows, it may even change the way you walk your Christian life.
Don't forget to visit Mags' site. I visited it and although I'm not big fan of the romance genre, she has a really great site and talks about some really interesting things. She doesn't preach at anyone...except maybe herself. You'll find her site HERE
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