Friday, May 25, 2012


The other day, I was preparing for a fundraiser that the high school students are doing at the White Squirrel Festival.  While I was searching on a website, I noticed that they had an option to “Adopt a White Squirrel.”  At first I thought this was a joke but I quickly realized that it wasn't.  I laughed at first and then I began to think about our little girl that we sponsor in Kenya. Now I want to be clear here: Is sponsoring a white squirrel an awful thing? No. But which is more important?  What this showed me is that we can lose focus on what really matters.  

“I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.” - Philippians 1:9-10
Do you think that we truly understand  "what really matters?”  Or do we lose focus and begin to spend our time on things that really don’t matter?  It’s difficult sometimes to look inside ourselves and see areas of insignificance that we are wasting time on. What I have found is all too often we need a shock to bring us back into focus;  a jolt to even realize that we are wasting our time.  The best way that I have found to do that is break our normal everyday routine.  One of the best ways I have found to experience that is by going on a mission trip.
This June 18-27, the High School Ministry will be going to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip.  We will be working with two different ministries working towards the goal of spreading the gospel in the Dominican Republic.  My favorite thing that happens on this trip is students get an incredible picture of what really matters.
Do you want to get involved in helping the Dominican Republic team? Saturday and Sunday we will have a booth at the White Squirrel Festival.  We will be selling water, boiled peanuts, and popcorn, working towards helping support the work going on in the Dominican Republic.  You may also want to consider going on a mission trip yourself! It may be the exact thing that God wants to use in your life to show you what really matters.
While you’re enjoying the festivities this weekend, stop by and show your support for the Augustine Project, helping tutor and teach young kids to improve their reading skills. The Transylvania Baptist Association’s booth needs some volunteers to share the gospel using bracelets, tracts, and testimonies! Call the Baptist Center to sign up! (828) 877-3203

-Brent Metcalf
High School Pastor