From Senior Class President to MaMelissa

The Dallas Morning News ran a very nice profile of Melissa Beiriger Hill and her family for Mother’s Day. Yet they failed to mention that our esteemed Senior Class President is busy preparing for our 20th Reunion.

The journey of Melissa Hill from an upscale suburban life to a struggling area of West Dallas with a multiracial family – she is white, the Jones brothers are black – is not one that she expected. It’s also one she doesn’t regret.

“I look at different directions our lives could have gone that would have been easier,” Melissa says, sitting by Trey at their kitchen table. “We were in Lake Highlands, where I knew all the neighbors and my kids could play outside. We could have volunteered here and there a little bit.”

“Here so many things are not comfortable. And yet here I’ve found my greatest joy. You find there’s so much more to life than the little life you had in mind. … In pouring out your life, you benefit.”

Melissa and Trey are quite a story. Thanks for shining a light for Christ in West Dallas (and beyond). They can even help you repair your washing machine!

Consumed: Beyond Fear

Sitting in Life Group right now discussing Jeff’s sermon last week on Consumed: Beyond Fear. (mp3 | study)

There is an illustration in the study about the fortune John G. Wendel and his family put together. A quick search in Google brought up this New York Times article from 1914.

We spent a lot of time looking at Matthew 6:24-30. Here is John Piper on serving God and money in Matthew 6:24:

How does a person serve money? He does not assist money. He is not the benefactor of money. How then do we serve money? Money exerts a certain control over us because it seems to hold out so much promise of happiness. It whispers with great force, “Think and acts so as to get into a position to enjoy my benefits.” This may include stealing, borrowing or working.

Money promises happiness, and we serve it by believing the promise and walking by that faith. So we don’t serve money by putting our power at is disposal for its good. We serve money by doing what is necessary so that money’s power will be at our disposal for our good.

I found this to be very instructive.

We also talked about the reaction that so many of us have when we get reconnected with old friends on Facebook. Jealousy seems to be a common theme.

I shared the story of reconnecting with Melissa Beiriger Hill on Facebook last week. I find what Melissa and Trey are doing in West Dallas to be so inspiring. What a great example of faithful service in the cause of Christ.

We looked at the explanation of the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:18-23. This lead us to 1 Timothy 6:6-19. Again, Piper comes to mind with Money: Currency for Christian Hedonism.

Voddie Baucham’s message on The Supremacy of Christ and Truth in a Postmodern World is very relevant to this discussion. The world wants us to believe we are just accidents, here to consume. The Word of God has a very different message for us.

What do we do about…

  • Retirement
  • Care of widows/orphans
  • Generosity

That’s all for now as we are wrapping things up tonight.