Daily Devotional for February 2, 2022

Adrian is one of my all-time, favorite people.  If you know Adrian, the following message won’t surprise you.  If you don’t know Adrian, your life is a little less colorful than it could be.  She’s really something.  I’ll leave it at that.
This is the message Adrian sent last night. Now you will understand how hard it is to be her pastor.
“Today, I had an appointment with my audiologist to discuss my hearing test. First, they asked “How would you best describe your lifestyle??” so, of course I said, “ABSOLUTELY WILD!!” When they quit laughing, they asked me when I have the most trouble hearing & I said when my pastor is giving his sermon which is actually true. So my question for you is … “Should I spend $6800 for hearing aids so I can hear your sermons??”  I know your answer is a HUGE YES!!, so my next question is: “How about you dipping into your Pastor’s Discretionary Fund so that a pitiful helpless elderly widow (and an orphan) in your congregation could finally hear your life-changing sermons????” You know you are my favorite pastor💙
I eagerly await your decision!
Cindy said that this was one of my best ideas EVER.”
Yep.  Welcome to my world.  
If there ever was someone who desperately needed to hear my sermons, everyone would agree, it’s Adrian (Cindy’s not too far behind). But having said that, I have come up with a much better solution than Adrian spending $6,800 for hearing aids.
All she has to do is move up.
For some strange reason, there is an unwritten law that says if you belong to FUMC Temple, the only time you are allowed to sit on the front pew is for a wedding, funeral, or baptism.  Outside of that, the front pew is off limits.
I know this unwritten rule can be amended to accommodate Adrian’s truly desperate need to hear my sermons.  In fact, I think this Sunday, I will ask Andrea if we can have a called meeting of the administrative board to vote on a motion to reserve the front pew for Adrian and Cindy.  It’s the perfect solution.
This is exactly what Paul meant by saying, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  (Philippians 2:4)
This Sunday, if you are a member of the administrative board, be prepared to vote on a motion that both Adrian, and her partner in crime, Cindy, sit on the front pew during worship.  This will show you really care.
Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for putting mischievously joyful people in my life.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.
While you may not have to deal with the Two Musketeers, like I do, there is someone God put in your life to bring joy and humor.  These people are true gifts from God.  They make the world a much more colorful.  Tell God thank you.

Also, if you want to sit with Adrian and Cindy there is plenty of room.  They’d love your company.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins