From Envy to Contentment :: Transitions

Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields on 6/23/2019

You may have read this in the news this week.

A 4-year-old boy wanted some candy hopped into his great-grandfather’s SUV. Along the mile-and-a-half journey, with eyes barely able to see over the steering wheel, Sebastian cruised the neighborhood streets before making a left turn onto a busy four-lane. He took out some mailboxes and did some damage to a tree. But in the end, he arrived at the candy store just in time to be greeted by the police.

I like stories like that. Until I think about what might have happened. And then, I kind of agree with the great-grandfather.

It could’ve been very serious.
He could’ve hit a car.
He wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
We could be talking about a funeral.

A car in the hands of a child is a scary thing.

It’s a dangerous thing.

In this podcast, I suggest to you that we allow something of that dangerous level in our lives – something that can kill.

That “something” is envy.

If we respond correctly to God’s word, we can transition from envy to contentment.

–Pastor Steve

From Defensive to Teachable :: Transitions

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 6/16/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

“Does not receive constructive criticism”.

That statement was in the comments section of the report card. My report card. I think I was in third grade.

How does one respond to such a statement?

Well, if that statement was can be thought of as constructive criticism, then, yeah — it was dead on. My response was a defensive one: That teacher doesn’t know how to give constructive criticism.

Defensiveness is not a character trait that I am pleased to admit. It’s one I’d like to lose.

What about you?

This podcast looks at the life of David and talks about how we can transition from defensiveness to teachability if we view God as did David.